Born a South African and raised during the unstable interregnum years of Post-Apartheid South Africa, Guitarist Vuma Ian Levin's music is an attempt to interrogate conceptions of identity, nation, culture, power and being both globally and in the emergent, post 1994 South African Democratic project.
First picking the guitar up at 14, Levin later received lessons from the South African Jazz guitar legend, Johnny Fourie. He completed a National Diploma at the Tswane University of Technology going on to be presented with the best Guitarist Award (2008). In 2009, Levin was selected as the guitarist in the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band, led by Feya Faku, which culminated in a performance at the Grahamstown Jazz Festival and later at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival. Never one to shy away from a challenge, he went on to attend the prestigious Conservatorium Van Amsterdam where he graduated cum laude and earned the Non-EU Talent Scholarship to finance his masters study. In 2014 his quintet, won the 2nd prize in the National Leg of the Keep an Eye Awards (Netherlands). He went on to win the 3rd prize, incentive prize and prize for the most original band in the international leg of the Keep an Eye Jazz Awards, which featured bands from New York, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Vienna and Philadelphia.
Finally, In 2014 he was nominated by the Jazz Guitar Department for the Eindwerk Prijs and went on to be announced as one of the 9 national finalists