South African born Jazz Trumpeter and Composer, LWANDA GOGWANA is a 3 time 2012 SAMA award nominee for Best Jazz, Best Newcomer and Male artist of the year and was born in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. His compositions have been used in radio adverts and numerous Mzansi Bioskop Movies on the satellite dish, DSTV.
Gogwana was trumpeter and orchestrator for the legendary South African Jazz opera King Kong, who’s original musical score was composed by the great jazz pianist and composer Todd Matshikiza. Gogwana was also collaborated as an orchestrator for the 2018 FORD Everest advert composition composed by award-winning pop sensation,Tresor.
Some of the musicians and bands Gogwana has worked with include Ray Phiri, Jimmy Dludlu, Jonas Gwangwa, jazz pianist Tete Mbambisa, Simphiwe Dana, McCoy Mrubata, and the Standard Bank Young Artist Award recipients Siya Makuzeni, Afrika Mkhize, and most recently last year with Kyle Shepherd’s Quintet and Bokani Dyer’s big band tour to Gaborone, in November 2017.
MACUFE, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Azgo and Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, are some of the festivals Gogwana frequents as a performer.
His debut album released in 2011, “Lwanda Gogwana Songbook” has over 30 musicians playing on different songs on the album, among them include multi- SAMA (South African Music Award) award winning musicians, Jimmy Dludlu and Moreira Chonguica. Other featured guests on the album include Buddy Wells, John Hassan, Goldfish lead singer-Sakhile Moleshe and 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner-Bokani Dyer.
In aid of the production of the album, sponsorships were received from the following bodies: Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture council and Western Cape SABC RBF.
‘Uhadi Synth’ is Gogwana’s sophomore album released in 2016 and features: Kyle Shepherd, Sakhile Moleshe and Sisonke Xonti, Amaeshi Ikechi and Lungile Kunene.