Saxophonist and composer Linda Sikhakhane has released his new album titled Isambulo on record label Ropeadope
The offering, which Sikhakhane describes as a "spiritual experience", features themes that mirror historical events that enable one to tap into yourself. Featured artists include Matthias Spillmann (Switzerland), Anna Widauer (Austria) and Paras (South Africa).
released June 24, 2022
Saxophonist and composer Linda Sikhakhane returns with the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2017 debut album, Two Sides, One Mirror. Recorded as part of his Senior Recital at The New School in New York, USA, An Open Dialogue is a staggering work that impresses with its sonic exploration of the yonder.
released November 6, 2020
Linda Sikhakhane is a South African born saxophonist, composer and arranger. He was born in Umlazi Township near Durban where his love for music was triggered at an early age. This saw him attending music classes at the age of 10 in Junior Primary and later took up jazz lessons under the tutelage of Dr Brian Thusi at the Siyakhula Music Center in his neighborhood . He obtained a Diploma in Jazz /Popular Music at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal under Prof Mageshen Naidoo in 2012.
Sikhakhane has played and recorded with respected South African and international artists such as Brian Thusi,Barney Rachabane, Feya Faku, Marcus Wyatt, Herbie Tsoaeli, Andile Yenana, Nduduzo Makhathini, Afrika Mkhize, Sibongile Khumalo, Gregory Potter,Reggie Workman and many more.Sikhakhane won the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship in 2016 and in 2017 released his debut album titled 'Two Sides ,One Mirror' .
Linda re-located to New York in 2017 and enrolled at The New School University as a transfer student to complete his Bachelors degree in jazz ,he is studying with the great Billy Harper, David Schnitter & Reggie Workman.
Linda Sikhakhane @ the finals of the 2016 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition
interview with Linda Sikhakhane at Yfm.
Sikhakhane is very much in a classic spiritual jazz zone on Isambulo, taking influence from John Coltrane and McCoy Tyner…
Linda is one of those in-demand cats whose path towards greatness is guarded by his gentle manner, and by his cool and calm disposition
...through his sound you can tell his deep understanding of his people,their origins,the diaspora and the movement in-between all are equally considered in his thoughts ..