Prof Mageshen Naidoo

South African guitarist, composer and educator, Mageshen Naidoo hails from the township of Chatsworth in Kwazulu Natal. He has performed in the USA, London, Scotland, Germany, Sweden, Canada and Mexico (Puebla and Veracruz), Denmark and all over South Africa. His performance credits include Joanne Brackeen, Mike Rossi (USA), Yuri Honing (Holland), Ronald Snijders (Suriname), Marco Pignataro (Italy), Oscar Stagnaro (Venezuela), Karin Bengjmark (Sweden), Feya Faku, Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South Africa) and African pop star Angelique Kidjo.


His many performance highlights include performing at the private birthday party of President Nelson Mandela and performances at both the Commonwealth Heads of State and African Heads of State conferences.

Mageshen made his debut recording on Canadian pianist/composer Carol Ann Weaver’s Dancing Rivers (1999) and recorded on Weaver’s album Every Three Children (2008)
He also recorded his original compositions and arrangements with South African band, Tonk (2000) and his album Warwick Triangle (2009)

As a US Fulbright Student, Mageshen graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (Performance) from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He also holds a MM degree (Studio/Jazz Guitar Performance) from USC, a MMus Degree (Performance & Jazz Composition), cum laude and a BMus degree (Jazz Studies) from the University of Natal. At USC, he studied guitar with the legendary Joe Diorio and master classes with Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Paul Jackson Jr and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Mageshen has won numerous awards for music including the Old Mutual Jazz Competition, both in the Composer and Performance categories and USC’s Faculty award for Distinguished Scholarship and Leadership.

Mageshen was the former Director of the Centre for Jazz & Popular Music at UKZN, Senior Lecturer and Acting Head of the School of Music, University of KwaZulu-Natal (2005-2011). He was the former Deputy Director in the Directorate Music at the University of South Africa and served as Editor for the academic journal Musicus (2011-2015).

Prof Naidoo is the current President of the South African Association for Jazz Education (SAJE) and continues to serve many educational and professional music organizations, including SAMRO.

Prof Naidoo is Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria and Director for Jazz Studies in the Department of Music at UP

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