Vuma Levin @ U-The Space
26 August 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm| R50
Africa, Guitarist Vuma Ian Levin’s music is an attempt to interrogate conceptions of identity, nation, culture, power and being both globally and in the emergent, post 1994 South African Democratic project.
First picking up the guitar at 14, Levin later received lessons from the South African Jazz guitar legend, Johnny Fourie. He completed a National Diploma at the Tshwane University of Technology going on to be presented with the best Guitarist Award (2008). In 2009, Levin was selected as the guitarist in the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band, led by Feya Faku, which culminated in a performance at the Grahamstown Jazz Festival and later at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, he went on to attend the prestigious Conservatorium Van Amsterdam where he graduated cum laude and earned the Non-EU Talent Scholarship to finance his masters study. In 2014 his quintet, won the 2nd prize in the National Leg of the Keep an Eye Awards (Netherlands). He went on to win the 3rd prize, incentive prize and prize for the most original band in the international leg of the Keep an Eye Jazz Awards, which featured bands from New York, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Vienna and Philadelphia.
In 2014 he was nominated by the Jazz Guitar Department for the Eindwerk Prijs and went on to be announced as one of the 9 national finalists.
Levin, has performed with some of the top musicians in South Africa including: Feya Faku, Herbie Tsoeli, Nduduzo Makhatini, Kevin Davidson, Ayanda Sikade, Sisonke Xonti, Justin Bellairs, Dan Selsick, Roland Moses and many more. He has performed at a number of top venues and festivals in South Africa and abroad including: Standard Bank Joy of Jazz(Youth Band), Grahamstown Jazz Festival(Youth Band), More Jazz Series (Mozambique, Maputo), Mahogany Room, The Crypt, Tagore’s, Afrikan Freedom Station, The Orbit, De Tor (Enschede, Netherlands), Bimhuis (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Badcuyp (Amsterdam, Netherlands), The Amsterdam Jazz Festival(Amsterdam, Netherlands), The Moors Jazz Festival (Moors, Germany), Jazz Showcase (Budapest, Hungary).
Finally he has received lessons from and attended masterclasses by; Lage Lund, Jesse Van Ruller, Gilad Hekselman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Terryl Stafford, Reinier Baas, Ambrose Akinmusire, Gary Wittner, Helen Sung, Martijn Van Iterson, and Maarten van de Grinten to name a few.
This performance by Vuma Levin is in collaboration with U – The Space which is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit, which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.
U THE SPACE is a multi-disciplinary Art venue that prides itself in supporting the Arts and Artists both locally and internationally. We excel in showcasing Artists that are doing great work in the Arts sector. Our Live Music Program hosts two artists every month in showcasing their craft. These music presentation by varies Artists creates a window for Live Music lovers in Tshwane to see the current state of South African music scene