Siya Makuzeni

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Siya Makuzeni is a South African female trombone player, vocalist, lyricist and songwriter. She is renowned for regularly collaborating with A-list South African musicians such as Marcus Wyatt, Themba Mkhize, McCoy Mrubata, Feya Faku, Frank Opperman, Tlale Makhene, Khaya Mahlangu, Sibongile Khumalo and many more. Siya also leads her own rock band called Ippyfuze. Her music career dates back to her high school days when she picked up the trombone in 1997 while attending school in East London. She studied Bachelor of Music and B. A. MusJazz at Rhodes University and the Pretoria Technikon Music School respectively.

Throughout high school, she attended the National Youth Jazz Festival, an annual program aimed at allowing the country’s jazz students to participate and audition for the festival’s topmost band selections such as the National School’s Big Band, National Youth Big Band, and ultimately the National Youth Jazz Band. Fortunately, she was selected for all three categories and also recorded with the National Youth Jazz Band in 2001. She also featured in Zim Ngqawana’s Big Band tour to East London in 1999 and played for the East Cape Big Band for a few years.

While studying, she began applying for Jazz competitions, her most accomplished being the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters where she secured the Regional Finalist (Gauteng) category for Jazz Vocals in 2002. In 2005, she attended a scholarship in Treviso, Venice, in Italy. This saw her taking part in a multi-media theatre concert which took place in Brisbane, Australia, in 2006. While in Italy, she was invited by the African, Latin and Asian Film Awards Festival to perform at the premiere of the festival.

She was also involved in the Bologna Human Rights Film Festival where there was a dedicated stage for South African performers. In 2006, she completed her scholarship and was invited to Switzerland where she met and performed with Cape Town’s The Goema Captains, as well as Feya Faku, who was an Artist in Residence at the University of Basel Music department. She therefore was also involved in workshops; which covered everything from jazz to indigenous African music.

She has since toured and performed around the world most notably in Italy where she contributed as co-composer and lyric interpretor to the soundtrack of Forse Dio e Malato.

Makuzeni has contributed her songwriting skills to a few albums by various artist including Language 12 albums such as the 'Language 12' and 'Maji Maji – in the land of Milk & Honey', Grassroots Mpemba Effect’s 'Ambient Afrique' and Rudeboy Paul’s 'Azanian Pulse Vol.2'. She has featured in Tlale Makhene’s 'The Ascension of Enlightenment' , Afrotraction’s 'Soulfully Yours', Jack Hammer’s the 'Pilgrim' and Frank Opperman’s 'Let’s Be Frank'. Her live collaborations include performances with William Kentridge and Phillip Miller in Dancing with Dada featuring Dada Masilo in 2011, Mac McKenzie & The Goema Captains, Teba , Tumi Molekane , Netsayi in London, Themba Mkhize & SWR Big Band in Germany to name a few.

In 2015, she won the 2016...

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