THREE STEPS WITHIN biography: Lindiwe Maxolo

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As we wrap up the final chapter of the THREE STEPS WITHIN trilogy of biographies, we want to wish the elegant lady of the group Ms Lindiwe Maxolo a very happy birthday.

Befittingly on her special day, THREE STEPS WITHIN which is completed by McCoy Mrubata and Concord Nkabinde, are performing tonight at the State Theatre from 8PM – 11PM. Check out the event article for more information.

As taken from the THREE STEPS WITHIN press release, Lindiwe is regarded as a Vocalist, Composer, Educator & Band Leader. She is a winner of the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Competition (Afro Vocal Category. Her  debut CD entitled TIME was nominated for a South African Music Award in 2013. She is also as winner of the Mbokodo Award -Women in Jazz, in 2014.

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THREE STEPS WITHIN biography: Concord Nkabinde

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In continuation of the THREE STEPS WITHIN (TSW) mini -series, the second installment of the trilogy (taken from the TSW press release) profiles our good friend Concord NkabindeConcord who is no stranger to the Lavatory Records platform, was interviewed by us during the month of July of 2015.

He alongside Mr McCoy Mrubata and Ms Lindiwe Maxolo form the group THREE STEPS WITHIN, who will all be in concert next Friday the 27th of November, at the State Theatre in Pretoria. The show starts at 8PM – 11PM, check the event article for more details.

Don’t forget to order your copy of the Concord: Live In Joburg, South Africa (DVD) , to catch a glimpse of the exceptional standard of performance that you can expect from the TSW concert next week.

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THREE STEPS WITHIN biography: McCoy Mrubata

Leading to the THREE STEPS WITHIN (TSW) performance at the State Theatre in Pretoria (Friday the 27th of November, 8 PM – 11 PM), we will individually profile the members of TSW. Three steps within consists of McCoy Mrubata (Saxophone and Flute), Concord Nkabinde (Bass Guitar and Vocals) and Lindiwe Maxolo (Vocals). 

This week will be featuring the biography of Mr McCoy Mrubata, which is taken from the THREE STEPS WITHIN press release.

(Photo credit above: by Sipho Maluka)

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THREE STEPS WITHIN to perform live at the State Theatre in Pretoria

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Concord Nkabinde along with McCoy Mrubata and Lindiwe Maxolo, form the band called THREE STEPS WITHIN. The trio has Concord on bass guitar and vocals, McCoy on the saxophone and the flute and Lindiwe on Vocals.

They will be performing at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Friday the 27th of November, From 8PM – 11 PM. Tickets are available at Computicket at R100 each. You can also see their Facebook event page for more details.

Mr Concord Nkabinde was interviewed by Lavatory Records during the month of July 2015, in which he made reference to his newly formed band; THREE STEPS WITHIN. Also do check out the Concord: Live in Joburg, South Africa (DVD), which showcases Concord’s first ever concert.

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Excerpts from the THREE STEPS WITHIN Press Release says the following about the Trio:

“The sound of THREE STEPS WITHIN is uniquely South African with an international outlook. The Three Composers are bringing together their respective original material and with an open mind allowing it to go into new directions. This TRIO also celebrates the heritage of African & South African music by developing new arrangements of old and new Classics. Improvisation is an important aspect of this outfit, both as a Compositional tool as well as a featured aspect.

THREE STEPS WITHIN believes in developing lasting relationships & special connections with audiences. An accessible presentation of music therefore becomes an integral ingredient every time THREE STEPS WITHIN performs. All three musicians also have a great passion for Development & Music Education. So this outfit is always looking out for opportunities to impart knowledge and share from their experience with younger musicians in particular.

THREE STEPS WITHIN look forward to having you, our audience, be a part of our journey and to share that which is within us, in order to shape new mindsets towards a better world for all.”

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McCoy Mrubata (Left), Lindiwe Maxolo (Middle) and Concord Nkabinde (Right)

Concord: Live In Joburg, South Africa (DVD)

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Purchase Concord Nkabinde’s first ever concert on DVD! As explained on the DVD itself, it is uncommon practice that artists would dare to ever record their first performance. Against the standard practice and convention, Concord decides to dare it and put it all on the line and on record.

This decision would culminate into a remarkable and memorable event that took place at Bassline in Newtown, Johannesburg. The musical showcase which was recorded for the DVD format is entitled Concord: Live In Joburg, South Africa.  Concord Nkabinde had special guest features with Louis Mhlanga on guitar and Gloria Bosman on vocals.

If you want to purchase this DVD send en email to or an inbox message to Concord’s Facebook Account and Artist Page. If you purchase the DVD and are in Gauteng, you may just get the opportunity to meet Concord Nkabinde in person. Everywhere else in the world, postal charges would then apply. 

Don’t forget to also check out Concord’s interview with Lavatory Records.

Concord still flying after all these years

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Having worked with internationally renowned artists such as Abdullah Ibrahim, Zim Ngqawana, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Johnny Clegg just to mention a few; Concord Nkabinde can be hailed as a musical legend in his own right. However, Mr Nkabinde himself selects to dispute this status which is testament to his humility.

Born in Soweto, the bass guitarist and creative artist was part of Johnny Clegg’s band, whom he recorded and performed with. Since then he has come into his own, having to adapt to a new era where making music is digitised and audiences are found via social networking. As a mature artist Concord remains relevant and relatable to the youth through his role as a music educator with a natural penchant for communicating and socialising.

Concord took time out of his busy schedule and between travels to speak with Lavatory Records about his eventful career and his upcoming tours. He also told us about the challenges of being a musician in the new era, going from a live performer to an online savvy communicator, his memorable moments and much more. It’s safe to say the “Concorde” landed on the Lavatory Records platform.

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