South-African Jazz Quintet Uhadi Visits Marist for "Music and Oppression" Event


On April 14th the South-African jazz quintet Uhadi will visit Marist to for a performance and discussion of the creation of music under the conditions of racial oppression. The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Fusco Room (MU 3201).

Uhadi is led by saxophonist McCory Mrubata, and the band includes trumpeter Fezile “Feya” Faku, pianist Paul Hanmer, bassist Herbie Tsoaeli, and drummer Justin Badenhorst. Uhadi will open this event by performing a few songs. After Uhadi will sit down for an interview on music and oppression with Mr. Piers Playfair, the founder and artistic director of the Catskill Jazz Factory, and Dr. James Snyder, the Director of Marist's Honors Program.

This event is part of a focus that the Honors Program has placed on the arts and social change. Last semester Honors Program students visited the Wassaic Project and heard a talk by its director and founder Bowie Zunino. This semester students heard a talk from Mr. Piers Playfair on the Catskill Jazz Factory. Uhadi and the Catskill Jazz Factory have generously donated fifty tickets for Marist Honors Program students to see the band perform at Bard's Fisher Center. At this concert the band will perform original compositions as well as standards from South Africa's rich jazz history. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Marist Honors Program and Music Department. Please contact Dr. James G. Snyder at if you have any questions.