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About Us

5th Season is a proudly South African KZN-based band available for Corporate functions, Weddings, Private Parties, Cocktail events and Festivals. 

We play a wide variety of well known jazz standards and contemporary tunes, as well as proudly South African jazz favourites whilst adding in our own flavour.

5th Season also has their own debut album "Symmetry" which is available on the homepage under ’Buy our Album’ as well as  Itunes, Amazon, Google play music.

We are a versatile band so if you require something more upbeat we can make it happen for you.

If you are looking for something more specific in mind, we can offer the following:

  • Solo (single) 
  • Duet (two piece)
  • Trio (three piece)
  • Quartet (four piece)
  • Quintet (five piece)

 

5th Season’s recent performance Hi-lights:

  • Royal Durban Golf Club 125th Anniversary
  • Toyota Annual Achievement awards, ICC
  • Mercedes Benz Dealership opening ceremony
  • Vopak business awards
  • Landrover & Jaguar dealership opening ceremony, Durban

To view our full list from 2017 so far please visit ’’Gigs portfolio"on the home page.

Guitar

Mthunzi Mchunu 1988/07/10 is a South African born guitarist.

Mthunzi started playing the guitar in his early years when exposed to jazz by a family member and practically hasn't stopped since. With a back ground in music from the acclaimed U.K.Z.N School of Music under the direction of Demi Fernandes, specializing in Electro acoustic (Studio) and Music education and performance he holds credentials of the highest honour a (B.prac Mus.) degree and other accolades that many look up to from an academic point of view. Although rooted in Jazz and Gospel, stylistic versatility is one of Mthunzi's passions and he is not a purist by any means.

In the time that he has been in the music industry, he has toured with groups, been featured on T.V., recorded with many artists and has also played with South African greats and emerging artists alike. The likes of Sibongile Khumalo, Robbie Malinga (Recording), Joocy (Afrotainment), Babo/Sgwili, Thulani "Ga" Ndlela, U-turn, Patrick Duncan (Joyous celebration), Xolisa Dlamini and guitar legend Gerald Sloan are but a few. Mthunzi has been on countless opening acts for national and international artists e.g 340ml, Zahara, Heels over head (SAMA nominees) and has headlined many private functions for various occasions from King Zwelithini and President Zuma to KZN premiere Dr. Zweli Mkhize and countless other officials. Apart from this Mthunzi is the guitar player for the UKZN big band, an honorary position for most musicians, and leads the band for the annual Original Material Awards held at the Playhouse alongside Gagasi FM radio sensation DJ Lab.

Having played in all of South Africas major festivals from Splashy fen, Grahamstown Jazz festival, Midmar music festival, Durban international blues festival to MTN jazz festival it goes without saying that travelling is not an issue. Locally he is a regular feature in all the major music venues from The Rainbow, Bat centre, Royal house of Jazz, Shadows jazz club, Bertoua ect.

On a day to day basis Mthunzi is an active musician/producer and educator, he is also part of one of Durbans' busiest bands 5th Season which has done many functions, private events and club dates for various different bodies. Collectively they also session and function as a rhythm section for many soloists and feature regularly in and around the greater KZN area as well as nationwide.

Bass

Brayden is an exciting bass player who has a unique approach to playing bass. He was selected as a finalist in the Yamaha Young Talent Competition 2010 and was the only bass player to appear as a soloist, proving that he has a unique musical approach to playing bass which is rare and proves to be vital in a trio and quartet formats. Besides being an asset to larger combos, he continues to take the small ensemble frontier to new heights adding an undeniable amount of colour and tonality to the overall sound. 

Having had a good background in music and starting early on he has been involved in many shows and productions ranging from theatre to corporate events. He joined the UKZN School of Music to further his understanding and musicianship under the competent staff of the bass faculty at the school of music. He has also performed for the UKZN Big Band. Brayden took part in The Original Material Awards 2012 at the Playhouse in Durban.

Drums/Percussion

Devon has worked in a wide range of fields and styles in the music industry having started music early on during high school. With the direction of Luke Holder he performed in many shows including the first ever High School Musical 2 in Africa in 2010. Having played for a number of popular music theatres such as Dock Yard Supper Theatre, Kracatoa and Izulu Theatre-Sibaya casino. He has performed with the Andrew Webster band opening for a concert for the international gospel rock band Third Day.

Devon has performed for the UKZN Big Band in Jazz Joll 2011 and worked with guitar virtuoso Gerald Sloan. He took part in the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival 2012, making it to the final round of auditions for the National Youth Jazz Band. Devon took part in the French/South Africa season in which he was involved in a collaborative band of French and South African members called Blue Gene (a 6 peice spokenword/poetry Hip Hop band with Iain Ewok Robinson and Charles Amblard). They toured South Africa and parts of Zimbabwe, recorded and toured France in 2013. Devon has worked with Afro Cuban and Salsa band "Manteca" as well as Tresor Ridizky and features on his music Video ’Complete’. Devon holds a Bachelors degree in Jazz and Popular Music - Majoring in Jazz Performance and Music Education from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. He is currently teaches at Durban Music School.

Additional

Vocals

Janice Joseph is a very talented vocalist. One of the few Jazz Vocalists around in KZN. She has had a lot of experience in many different styles of music ranging from African Jazz to Swing, Pop, and Gospel. She has a beautiful clear, warm sound to her voice, a voice that doesn’t just sound the way it does without hours and years of passionate practising, listening and learning from the greats.

Janice first studied at the School of Worship under Burton Naidoo. She then began studying Jazz and Popular Music at the School of Arts at UKZN Howard College in 2009, under her vocal coach Debbie Mari(The X Factor vocal trainer). Throughout her years, Janice has received many awards at UKZN Music School. She received Merit Awards in 2009, a SAMRO Bursary Award in 2010, Merit award, a bursary from SAMRO and the Ronny Madonsela Award( renowned award).

Janice is also a great composer and she performed her arrangement with the UKZN Big band in the Standard bank Jazz Joll 2012. She was also a finalist in the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band Auditions held in Grahamstown, 2012.

Janice holds a Diploma in Jazz and popular Music from 2012. She is the Owner and of a sought after RBT School of Music where she helps and teaches others with the same passion. We are honored to have such a talented, passionate musician and friend as part of 5th Season.

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