Andile Yenana at work

Andile Yenana at work

“My interest in Jazz was triggered at a very early age and I guess my soul was nurtured in my formative years by all forms of urban black music – Motown, Philadelphia, South African Jazz, The Blues, Funk & Gospel.”

On completing his studies under the tutelage of Professor Darius Brubeck at Natal University, Andile moved to Johannesburg and began working with many of the seasoned musicians in the country, beginning with Zim Ngqawana. Zim and Andile have since recorded 2 CDs under Sheer Sound – San Song (Norwegian and South African collaboration) and Zimology. Zimology was also recorded in Norway. The Mahube project, the 12-piece collaboration of South African artists, is yet another big musical achievement in Andile’s career. Andile’s relationship with Steve Dyer (producer of Mahube) dates back as early as 1991 in Durban. Andile and Steve have been involved in many Star projects and tours throughout the whole of the sub-Saharan countries. Mahube is a culmination of all the work they have done together and more so the trust Steve has in Andile’s musical abilities.

Besides the afore-mentioned personalities, he has worked extensively with legendary musicians such as Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi, Mike Makhalemele, Barney Rachabane and Stompie Manana. His musical talents have also been put to good use by vocalists such as Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman.and Suthukazi Arosi. Most recently, Andile has been the co-producer on Winston Mankunku Ngozi’s newest release, “Abantwana be Afrika”.

1996 was a good year for Andile, he took part in a tour of Chicago with Zim Ngqawana; the theme was “Black History Month.” Andile has since been to Chicago twice for an extensive tour of the Midwest in 1997.

He was also involved in a project that was a collaboration between South African and British Jazz musicians; this band was formed primarily in England and played at the Royal Albert Hall in London. They received rave reviews from the press in London. After the concert in London, the South African contingent, led by Zim Ngqawana, went on to play in France at Fin de Siecle (a South African music festival in Nantes).

Andile’s quest to find a voice and chemistry in a group set-up led to the creation of Voice. The infectious passion and love of jazz projected by Herbie Tsoaeli, the resilience and inspiration from Sydney Mnisi, the wealth of life experience in the music projected by ther late Lulu Gontsana and Morabo Morojele and the undaunted spirit of Marcus Wyatt resulted in the recording of Voice: A Quintet Legacy. Voice has recently released their acclaimed second album, “Songs for our Grandchildren – Quintet Legacy Vol. 2”.

Andile recorded his debut solo album, “We Used To Dance” with Sheer Sound; this long awaited album features Feya Faku, Sydney Mnisi, Kevin Gibson and Herbie Tsoaeli. The music shared by Voice served as a launching pad for this solo project. “We Used to Dance” was nominated for a SAMA 9 award in the category of Best South African Jazz Album.

For more information contact: Sheer Sound,
Tel: +27 11 444-1818, Fax: +27 11 444-2275, Email:

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