A music CD released in 2008 by Zim Ngqawana, the UT School of Music’s 2004 African artist-in-residence, has won the South African Music Award (SAMA) for “Best Traditional Jazz Album.”
The album, “Zimology in Concert (USA),” was recorded on campus with Ngqawana and the UT jazz faculty rhythm section in concerts during his Africa Semester residency in 2004 and a concert he did on campus in 2005.
Bandleader/composer Ngqawana performed on saxophones, flutes, harmonica, vocals, bicycle horn, antlers, bells and more. He was accompanied by UT School of Music faculty members Mark Boling, guitar; Keith Brown, drums; Rusty Holloway, bass; Donald Brown, piano; and Ben Dockery, piano. The recording engineer was bass student Mischa Goldman.
Ngqawana was an artist-in-residence at the UT School of Music during the 2004 Africa Semester, part of the “Ready for the World” initiative.
Photos and audio clips from the South African Music Awards can be found at http://www.samusicawards.co.za/.