Kesivan Naidoo

Bio

Born in East London, Kesivan was the first child in a family of 2 children. His parents, Dev and Vinodrarie Naidoo, worked as a building constructor and bookkeeper respectively and sent Kesivan to St. Ann's Primary School at the age of 5. He later graduated from Hudson Park High School in 1996. Neither of his parents played any musical instruments. Kesivan first got into drumming in 1990, at the age of 11. While waiting to be let into his aunt's house, he heard his aunt's boyfriend (Reese Timothy) playing drums over the music. What he heard excited him, and this convinced him to become a drummer. Three years later, in 1993, Kesivan played his onstage debut at the Hogsback Arts Festival in the Eastern Cape.

In 1994 Kesivan was approached by Alan Webster, who invited him to join his Quintet. Shortly after he began to play for Hudson Park Jazz Band, as well as the Hudson Concert Band which later did a tour of Germany, France and England. When he was 15 Kesivan took some lessons with world-class drumming and jazz musician Lulu Gontsana at the Grahamstown Arts Festival. These lessons would continue for two years. In 1995, 1999 and 2000 Kesivan was chosen for the National Youth Big Band, with whom he later toured New York. In 1996 Kesivan joined the Hotep Galeta Trio. Galeta, who had a big influence on Kesivan's musical style, convinced him to study at the University of Cape Town in 1997. Four years later he graduated with a Bachelor of Music with a First Class Honors in 2002

At the beginning of the millennium, Kesivan became the youngest person to win the Southern African Music Rights Organisation SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition. Given this opportunity to study abroad, he chose to study under Sitar guru, Professor Sanjay Bandophadyah in India. He later completed his master's degree in tabla and percussion. Since 2006, Kesivan has collaborated with Swiss drummer Lucas Niggli and is a member of Beat Bag Bohemia, a drum quartet with Rolando Lamussene, Peter Conradin Zumthor and Lucas Niggli. They performed over 30 concerts, in Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Mocambique and South Africa. Their CD was released on INTAKT records. He performs in numerous other bands, including Babu, Closet Snare and Kesivan & The Lights.

Music

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Rezakhota
03 Eclipse (Kesivan Naidoo)
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Design Indaba
Brotherhood by Kesivan & The Lights
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Babumusic
Close Encounters (Part One)
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