Kesivan Naidoo


Drummer Kesivan Naidoo's love affair with music started at the age of 10. But it wasn't until 1994 that he made his professional debut. He played at the Hoggsback Jazz Festival 1994 in the Webster jazz quintet, with top international musicians. He was the only South African to perform with the Kennedy Centre Jazz Ambassadors. Naidoo, who won the 2008 Standard Bank Young Jazz Artist of the Year, is now 29. He plays locally with the Restless Natives, Closet Snare and Tribe, who he performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland. He completed his honours degree in performance and composition at the University of Cape Town. And after wining the 1999 South African Music Rights Organisation's Scholarship, Naidoo studied the tabla in Kolkata. He says living in India confirmed exactly "how Indian I'm not and how South African I am�. � Percy Mabandu

Lunch spot: Balducci's, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town