Nduduzo Makhathini

Nduduzo Makhathini
Birth nameNduduzo Makhathini
Born24 September 1982
Umgungundlovu, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Occupation(s)Composer, pianist, teacher, philosopher
Years active2000-present

Nduduzo Makhathini (born 24 September 1982) is a South African jazz musician from Umgungundlovu, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Coming from a musical family, his love for music began at an early age.[1] Makhathini has performed with Zim Ngqawana, Feya Feku, McCoy Mrubata. Nduduzo completed his Diploma in Jazz Piano in 2005.[2][3]

Awards and honors

Makhathini is the recipient of the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist Award in the category of Jazz.[4] This is part of the National Arts Festival.[5] At the 2017 All Africa Music Awards, Makhathini won the Best Jazz Artist award.[6]


  • Mother Tongue (Gundu, 2014) with Sakhile Simani, Mthunzi Mvubu, Linda Sikhakhane, Ariel Zamonsky, Benjamin Jeptha, Ayanda Sikade
  • Sketches of Tomorrow (Gundu, 2014) with Sakhile Simani, Mthunzi Mvubu, Jonathan Crossley, Ayanda Sikade
  • Listening to the Ground (Gundu, 2015)
  • Matunda Ya Kwanza (Gundu, 2015)
  • Icilongo – The African Peace Suite (Gundu, 2016) with Sakhile Moleshe, Justin Bellairs, Shabaka Hutchings, Benjamin Jeptha, Ayanda Sikade
  • Inner Dimensions - Umgidi Trio & One Voice Vocal Ensemble (2016) with Fabien Iannone, Dominic Egli, Lisette Spinnler, Jule Fahrer
  • Ikhambi (Universal South Africa, 2018)


  1. ^ Advertorial. "Nduduzo Makhathini: SBYAA for Jazz". The M&G Online.
  2. ^ "Nduduzo Makhathini".
  3. ^ "Nduduzo Makhathini". Hermanus Fynarts Festival.
  4. ^ Setumo-Thebe Mohlomi. "Nduduzo Makhathini finds the gift of healing in song". The M&G Online.
  5. ^ https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/about/young-artists/young-artists-award-history/
  6. ^ "The rising star of South African jazz". BBC. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.

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