Vibrant seven-piece Afro Jazz/dance band based in the UK, featuring three vocalists from KwaZulu Natal in South Africa and a four-piece rhythm section Vibrant seven piece Afro Jazz/dance band based in the UK, featuring three vocalists from Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa and a four piece rhythm section. An inspirational blend of jazz, Isigqi - traditional Zulu music - and Afro-pop. Telling stories of human struggles with themes of universal resonance, Ubunye have recently completed a successful tour across the North of England including sell-out shows at jazz clubs and festivals.
Nokulthula Zondi – Kamudyariwa is a vocalist from Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. She began singing professionally in 1997 at the Playhouse in Durban. She has performed with many music groups in South Africa from Gospel to Isigqi (Traditional Zulu music) and has been based in the UK since 2006.
Xolani Mbatha is a baritone singer originally from Durban. He grew up singing gospel music in church and took an interest in classical and opera music in school. He was chosen to be a member of the Tirisano Youth choir (represented South Africa in Bremen Germany).
Thandanani Gumede is a singer and lyricist and vocal coach from Durban. His repertoire includes an eclectic mix of various styles including Afro Jazz, gospel and Isigqi music. Leads the UK based group Zulu Tradition.
Dave Evans is a songwriter and keyboard player/band leader of Ubunye. He is a composer, educator and festival director. Currently works with a number of different projects across the UK.
Alex Wibrew is a drummer and educator based in Leeds. Alex has a background in jazz, he also plays pop/rock, ska and drum n bass.
Kenny Higgins hails from a gospel background progressing into such scenes as the Cork Jazz Festival and Live 8. Artist collaborations include Omar Puente, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dennis Rollins.
Nik Rutherford is an Edinburgh born guitarist and composer, alumni of Leeds College of Music.
The band was poised to release their debut Cd and subsequent tour when the pandemic hit.
We are thrilled to provide a platform for this superb project during this festival.