Vuma Levin is fast becoming SA's best jazz guitarist

Jazz guitarist, Vuma Levin first picked up the guitar up at the tender age of 14 and has never put it down since.

Levin’s music is described as an attempt to interrogate conceptions of identity, nation, culture, power and being both globally and in the emergent, post 1994 South African Democratic project.

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His debut album “The Spectacle of An-other” aims, via musical abstraction, to simultaneously empower marginalised Black South African histories and interrogate and explore the nuances of contemporary South African Identity in an age of Globalisation and Hybridity.

To this end it invokes Ngugi Wa Thiongo’s clarion call to “see ourselves clearly” and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s call to nuance “the single story” told about Afrika and her people!

Levin wowed audiences of the Azania Mosaka show during live #702Unplugged performance displaying why he said to be the country's most promising jazz guitarists.

If you missed his live performance, watch it here:

Listen to #702Unplugged with Vuma Levin here:


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