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Biography: Concord is rising

2007-03-15 17:07
Concord Nkabinde's discovered his musical talent aged 10, in church. Via gospel music bands in Soweto, he later ventured into the broader music industry.

He formally honed his skills with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Natal, Durban. He taught music full-time in Soweto & Johannesburg, before deciding to pursue a career as a studio and touring musician.

Concord quickly became a highly sought after bass guitarist, working with the likes of Abdullah Ibrahim, Zim Ngqawana, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and many others. During this period Concord also honed his leadership skills as a musical director and recording producer. His album production credits include Wendy Mseleku's Picking up the pieces and Tsunami's From Clay.

Concord Nkabinde’s work has toured internationally with Johnny Clegg, Zim Ngqawana, Darius Brubeck, Deepak Ram, Ray Phiri and Gito Baloi, among others, and has assisted numerous international performing artists touring here. Roy Ayers (USA), Colin “Black” Vearncombe (U.K.), Sergio Diaz (Brazil), and Efrain Toro (Puerto Rico) are just a few of those who sought him out. Concord has a driving passion for cross-cultural collaboration projects. The mission of breaking down virtual boundaries that tend to divide people is a path he has embraced with both hands and heart.

This passion led him to involvement in a few projects of this nature: Shuttle 99 – South Africa & Nordic countries (1998/99); Beyond the rainbow – China & South Africa(2001); Gathering Forces – Jazz & Classical Indian music (1994/97); Southern Cross – South Africa & Brazil (1994); Two Nations – U.K. & South Africa (1997); Imbizo – Finland & South Africa (2003).

Having had so much experience from working with musicians from Jazz to Rock, from Gospel to traditional African styles and anything in between, Concord is now finding his own sound and direction and released his second solo album, This is My World.

His world is one he likes to share: "This is the time and the season for us all to break down the walls and level the ground so the world can sing together in harmony", he says.

(Adapted from the official press release)
Old Mutual Encounters Family Picnic Soweto, South Africa is the birth place of this well respected musician, composer, producer & music educator.
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