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Kinsmen was founded by Dhruv Sodha (Sitar), Shailesh Pillay (Tabla) and Muhammad Dawjee (Tenor Saxophone),

all originally from Laudium – an Indian Apartheid Group Area in Pretoria

Their work explores the intersection of culture, tradition and modernity through composition and improvised music. Kinsmen are influenced by: Indian Classical, Mainstream Jazz, Avant-garde, World fusion and South African Jazz. The project is an leap away from traditional forms of ‘Indian’ music currently promoted in South Africa. 

Their album 'Window to the Ashram' has been nominated for the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and the Mzantsi Jazz Awards 2018. 

photograph: Natasha Dawjee Laurent 

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