South Africa Faculty
Passionately pursuing her drive to explore the jazz tradition and her African heritage, Naledi Masilo -Vocalist, Composer, Teaching Artist and Humanitarian- packed her suitcase and moved half way across the world to surge a music career bubbling with opportunities. Naledi grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, a bustling country with beautiful people. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town and is currently studying Jazz Performance at The New England Conservatory. In 2019, Naledi was a resident at the Kennedy Center through Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program, where she was mentored by the likes of Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jason Moran. She has also been invited to participate in the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music workshop in Calgary, Canada. Naledi is the Founding Director of The Dreaming Girls Foundation, a South African based non-profit.