South African born jazz trumpeter and composer, Lwanda Gogwana fuses traditional Xhosa music with jazz
harmonies and contemporary music elements in his compositions.
Lwanda was born in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, the home of the Ama-Xhosa.
He started his musical career at school, singing in school choirs, and taking lessons in both piano and trumpet.
During his high school period, he toured Namibia and UK, whilst playing in a number of national youth bands of
He enrolled at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2005 for a Bachelor of music degree in composition and
arrangement under Prof Peter Klatzow and Prof Mike Campbell, and received scholarship to study in Norway,
Europe on exchange at the Norges Musikkhogskole based at the University of Oslo.
During his professional career, he has played, & at most times composed for a number of artists and bands in
South Africa, including the UCT big band, Abdullah Ibrahim’s Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, Standard Bank National
Youth Jazz Band of 2007, the Tete Mbambisa band, Bokani Dyer, Lulama Gaulana, Simphiwe Dana, Neo Muyanga,
Jimmy Dludlu, Steve Dyer, Moreira Chonguica, Ezra Ngcukana, Errol Dyers, Tete Mbambisa, Robbie Jansen, Bruce
Cassidy, John Fedchock, Thandi Klaasen, Judith Sephuma, Marcus Wyatt, Nomfusi, Buddy Wells and Max Vidima
and his very own composition based project, The Lwanda Gogwana Songbook.
Having played at many festivals, including the Cape Town International Jazz festival, The Joy of Jazz festival in
Johannesburg, The National Youth Jazz festival in Grahamstown, the Wigan Jazz Festival in England, still today,
Lwanda continues to perform in and out of South Africa.
Lwanda has also been involved in a couple of community building projects, including teaching and conducting
workshops in and around Cape Town, and is also part of a youth run organization, RYTHM (reaching youth
through music) that aims at promoting South African music to the youth