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April 21 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm SAST


Event Date: 21 April 2022
Event Time: 9pm
Ticket Price: R100pp

Headline Name of artist: Babes Ndamase
Names & Instrument of supporting artists:
Thembelihle Ntunjane (Piano)
Danel Peenar (Alto Saxophone & Flute)
Steven Sokuyeka (Trombone)
Peter Ndlala (Base Guitar)

My Background – I am Mcebisi (Babes) Ndamase from Cape Town, a drummer, music teacher, composer and arranger. I grew up in a jazz musical environment and I just fell in love with playing drums. I had a dream that one day I play with renowned musicians, tour South Africa, Africa and Internationally.
I taught myself how to play drums and practiced for perfection so I could reach a professional level until I started playing first ever with Pheto band around my township, Nyanga East, and that eventually became a vehicle to navigate through my dream.
Chasing my dream I later registered with the MAP school music of Art which was led by the late Duke Ngcukana. Then I joined BUWA Theatre Company where I worked with the late Mziwakhe,” bra Stix”, James Mdidimba. This institution helped me to enhance my experience as I would be sent to teach drums, and workshop in the plays that were staged in community centers.
In the 1980’s I became part of the Nyanga East art collective who ran the Nyanga Arts Centre. I played with number of bands both in Cape Town and in Johannesburg.

Experience in Music-
I have played with Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Ezra Ngcukana including the brothers Fitzroy and Duke, bra Barney Rasthabane the late Pat Matshikiza, Jonas Gwangwa, Tshepo Tshola, Camagwini, Suthukazi Arosi, Khaya Mahlangu, Bheki Khoza, Tu Nokwe, Herby Tswayedi, Sylvia Mdunyelwa, Abigail Khubeka, Dorothy Masuka, Feya Faku, Sydney Mnisi and the Mzansi Sings Ensemble by Victor Ntoni, Siphokazi, Eddie Grant, Patty Auston, Ray Phiri, Victor Ntoni.

Selected Events –
I worked in a series of events and festivals with the above mentioned musicians over the years including;
The 18th Cape Town International Jazz Festival, March 2017, March 2020
Kgaladi Jazz Festival, March 2018
Limpopo Marula Festival, March 2019
I have been a drummer for the Mzansi Music Ensemble (the late Victor Ntoni’s production) since 2005, staging different Themes in various venues within South Africa, and the UK, from 2005 – 2018. Noting key events like;
During the FIFA World Cup in 2010, the Mzansi Ensemble performed at the South African State Theater for 10 days as one of cultural activities around the World Cup
The International Jazz Festival, 2013, with Heritage by Victor Ntoni
African Union Gala Dinner as part of the Africa Day Celebrations at the Sandton Convention Centre.
2016 – Mzansi Music Ensemble, Thabo Mbeki Birthday Celebrations at the Market Theatre under the auspices of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation.
Performed with Judith Sephuma at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, 2017
Performed with Jonas Gwangwa at the Buyel’Ekhaya 10th Anniversary, East London 2018
Performed 20 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 in Scotland, UK
Performed at Poppy’s Restaurant Thursday Jazz Shows in Melville, Johannesburg, 2019
Performed with Jonas Gwangwa at the Limpopo Marula Festival, 2019
Performing at Nicki’s Jazz Restaurant Sunday Shows to date
Performed with Jonas Gwangwa at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, 2020


April 21
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm SAST
Event Category:


The Athletic Club & Social
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City Bowl


The Athletic Club & Social
35 Buitengracht Street
Cape Town, 7001 South Africa
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