SA Musicians Prepares To Play Nationwide On International Jazz Day

Journalists, musicians, cultural practitioners, and music lovers from all over the country will gather on April 30 to join the global jazz music conversation as part of International Jazz Day celebrations.

The festivities will be held at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg, Freedom Park in the City of Tshwane, at Mogale City’s Ward 66 club/restaurant, the Soweto Lifestyle Centre, and the Orbit Jazz Club in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Kaya FM will also do some live broadcasts.

This year, a host of arts organisations will band together to feature a three-day programme that combines a series of workshops, presentations, and performances.

These will be held Market Theatre senior publicist Lusanda Zokufa said on Friday this year’s Jazz Day would bring young and old musicians together to celebrate the genre.

“In South Africa, Jazz Day comes at a time when this music genre takes back its glory as a conscious music that continues to challenge practitioners and jazz lovers at a spiritual, intellectual, and cultural level,” Zokufa said.

This year’s theme, The Roots and Routes of South African Jazz, will explore the origin and heritage of South African jazz as a way to map out its future scope and latent opportunities.

Zokufa said the events would report back on the mandate of the 2015 deliberations.

“The mandate was to develop a framework of the jazz economy of South Africa, secure its heritage, promote jazz education, and identify and explore new markets of distribution and exhibition through multimedia and cultural exchanges,” she said.

The 2016 Jazz Day programme will begin with a lecture in Pretoria at Freedom Park on Wednesday, 27 April.

Zokufa said the lecture would be presented by renowned Dr Sello Galane, proponent of Kiba and Malopo, whose paper would dwell on jazz and indigenous African music.

This would be followed by a performance showcasing Pretoria’s Arts Ensemble, led by guitarist Sibusile Xaba and drummer Thabang Tabane, exploring the work of the great 1960s era Malombo and Phillip Tabane in today’s world.

On Friday, celebrations move to the Soweto Lifestyle Centre on Machaba Drive, kicking off with a workshop on visual and art and the opening of an exhibition by Percy Mabandu.

On Saturday, the centre will host a lifestyle market that will be supported by performances of Soweto-based youth jazz bands, such as Karabo Mohlala and DJ’s Ntokozo Shezi and Muntu Vilakazi, among others.

This will close with a performance by jazz legend Khaya Mahlangu.

Sunday explores the culinary arts of the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre with wine pairing to the sounds of live jazz that conclude jazz appreciation month. A Jazz Picnic in the Park is also planned for Mogale City’s Ward 66, an event that aims to revive its jazz audience. There will be a jazz-inspired collaboration between local youth bands supported by celebrated Jazz Djs Muzik and DJ Katzz.

“The idea is to explore the conditions of the urban and peri-urban jazz scene while showcasing the jazz lifestyle and how this music lives within this community,” Zokufa said.

The iconic Market Theatre will host a jazz conference reflecting on the mandate of 2015, and report on its achievements.

This will be followed by McCoy Mrubata unveiling his DVD, Live at the Market, which was recorded on Jazz Day 2015.

Nico Phooko, the music painter, will join the fray with a solo accompaniment by guitar maestro Masauko Chipembere of BLK Sonshine.

Educator Carlo Mombelli will give a talk and a performance, while Yonela Mnana will present his interpretation of The Roots and Routes of South African jazz, inspired by the works of jazz icons, and give a sneak preview of his new album.

The Orbit Jazz Club in Braamfontein will close the Jazz Day celebrations, with a screening of the Global Concert being held in Washington on the day.

The International Jazz Day Roots and Routes of SA Jazz Series is a bold showcase of South Africa jazz talents across the mediums of visual art, performance, jazz education, and design.

– Africa News Agency


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