If you were out and about in Durban last Sunday you might have been lucky enough to hear the rhythmic tunes of 2016 eThekwini Living Legend, Sazi Dlamini, as he entertained the crowd gathered for the Bat Centre’s ‘Sunday Jazz Sundowners’. Dlamini was playing alongside Matthias Abächerli and Mandla Zikalala, with Dlamini using traditional Nguni musical instruments, such as a bow and drums. Dlamini is dedicated to the preservation of indigenous music and crafts these instruments himself. But with a doctorate in musicology his interest in local music also extends to more contemporary styles of African music, with a particular interest in the influence of jazz on mbaqanga and isicathamiya. As a lecturer at UKZN, and as an active musician and composer, Dlamini understands the contribution that music can make as a tool of social transformation, as well as the need to use technology to take us there. It is forward thinking, passionate men and women like Dr Dlamini, who make our city the culturally rich and wonderfully textured place that it is today, while offering it great hope for the future.