Few people know the phenomenal dimensions for South Africa’s vibrant music industry like Ndumiso Nyovane. Ndumiso’s rich moving voice and his easy going character believe he intensity, talent and creativity as one of nation’s most promising artists. Ndumiso began his musical odyssey at the age of 12 by teaching himself to play trumpet after he got his first trumpet from Ray Nkwe who was the Director of Gallo Africa Recording Company which the boy loved so much that he often fell asleep playing it and woke up holding it.
“ The guitarist Jonathan Butler/saxophonist Dave Koz guitarist Jonathan Butler/saxophonist Dave Koz, Dutch pianist Mike del Ferro, South Africa’s diva Sibongile Khumalo and locally-based saxophone talent Shannon Mowday, Al Foster Quartet, Arturo Lledo (Spain), Dave Liebman Group (US), Dianne Reeves (US), Emily Bruce (RSA), Freshlyground (RSA), Hugh Masekela (RSA), Incognito (UK), Jonathan Rubain (RSA), Kyle Eastwood (US), Loading Zone (RSA), Maceo Parker (US), Maurice Gawronsky (RSA), New York Voices (US), Peter White (UK), Ringo Madlingozi (RSA), Rus Norwich’s collective imagination (RSA), The Stylistics (US) and Zap Mama (Belgium).
340ml (Mozambique); Prisoners of Strange (RSA); Goldfish (RSA); Kyle Shepherd (RSA); Magic Malik (France); Napalma (Brazil/Mozambique); Ndumiso Nyovane (RSA); Pete Philly & Perquisite (Netherlands); Robert Glasper and The Experiment (US); Shakatak (UK); Siphokazi (RSA); Southpaw (RSA) and Stewart Sukuma (Mozambique), Dr Philip
Ndumiso played with popular band Harare with Sipho “Hotsticks” Mabuse. Though his band Varukweru which was formed in the early 80’s he played with South African respected and great musicians of the times like Papa and Blondie Makhene, Mara Louw and Abigail Khubeka. Ndumiso’s musical aspirations in early 80’s culminated with Lucky Dube and his band Slaves, which helped propel Lucky and his unique SA Reggae style from obscurity to international stardom. Along with Lucky Dube and the Slaves, Ndumiso toured all four continents of the world, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, and fifty two (52) states of USA, also performed twice at Jamaica’s prestigious Sun Splash Festival.
Ndumiso has been featured in popular Joy of Jazz International festival sponsored by Standard Bank, Arts Alive, and North Sea Jazz festival in Cape Town. He has also performed in the South African Broadcasting station show, namely Just Jazz and his music and videos have also been played in radios and fleeted on television stations.
Ndumiso’s style of music is unique and out of this world, he is fusing our South African own type of music (Mgaqanga) and African jazz and really grooving it. He is using all the musical elements which epitasis the listener, and combining different styles with lots of energy.
In 2001 he recorded his first album entitled Mofolo Hall (Akulawa) with CSR Records Company and he is presently recording his second album with different artist, which will be released next year.
Besides his music Ndumiso is playing Afro Jazz, some Jazz standards and Kwasakwasa from Africa for specific occasions.