Described by The Star, one of the most widely read daily newspapers in South Africa, as the “young jazz musician most identified and the most hardworking artist of his generation”, Zim is the rising star of South African jazz.
On his return to South Africa in the early 90s, he worked in groups of veterans Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela. He also spent considerable time and energy to the development of courses of varying sizes, from the quartet or jazz quintet so dear to the drums for peace orchestra. With this group of one hundred musicians, he directs and for which he is a saxophone soloist, he played on the occasion of the inauguration of President Mandela.
Multi-instrumentalist Zim controls all wind instruments, he also plays the piano. Add to this a striking voice, which he uses to spice up some pieces. His music draws as much from folk traditions of South Africa and the Indian and European art music, but remains true to the values of freedom, originality and improvisation of jazz. In 2001, his second album, won him five Zimphonic following SAMA nominations, and he gets 3 including “Best Male Artist”. In 2005, he composed the music for the film ‘Zulu Love Letter’.
Zim Ngqawana Quartet plays the Rio Loco Festival, Toulouse France on Saturday June 19th 2010, scheduled time 23h30