Taiwa musical group from Tembisa-named after legendary Taiwa Moses Molelekwa has been billed to perform at Joy of Jazz
By SYDNEY MORWENG
The annual international Standard Bank Joy of Jazz for 2010 promises to begin were it left off last year. Remaining true to its tradition to infuse both legends and young at heart, this year’s mouthwatering fest has outdone itself with top notch line-up featuring both local and international musical exponents.
This year’s event will see worlds celebrated performers such as America’s Ravi Coltrane, Kim Waters, Stacey Kent, percussionist Poncho Sanchez and the jazz quartet Fourplay, comprising Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason and Chuck Loeb.
Also on the line-up is Japan’s Sadao Watanabe and Israel’s award-winning clarinettist Anat Cohen. Performers from the African continent include Mali’s acclaimed Oumou Sangare and a strong South African line-up including Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Wanda Baloyi, Kyle Shepherd, Putuma, Nhlanhla Nciza and Melanie Scholtz, the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz for 2010.
Trumpeter Chris Botti and celebrated jazz singer Lalah Hathaway are expected to set the stages alight, as well.
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival in Newtown kicks off from August 26th to 28th 2010.
The Dinaledi Stage and the Mbira Stage will be erected on Mary Fitzgerald Square, creating two purpose-built venues to showcase this year’s line-up, according to amiable chief organizer Mantwa Odutayo from T-Musicman.
Other popular venues include The Market Theatre and The Bassline, Sophiatown and Nikki’s Oasis.
According Odutayo, the “successful hosting of the World Cup” –she boasted- “was now the dress-rehearsal for this much anticipated international festival”.
As a form of giving back to community and development, The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz will give two free-mahala concerts as part of contributing to the festival’s on-going audience development initiatives.
Included in the line-up is the late Lucky Dube’s daughter Nkulee Dube who is making waves on the music scene by fusing ethno-soul and jazz with ragga and Vuyo Tyolo and Zonke, both recently returned from a successful tour in Holland.
These community outreach projects – featuring home-grown acts on the brink of top commercial success – give audiences who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to experience top musical events the chance to take part in the jazz-extravaganza.
The programme involves providing two tailor-made shows at the dynamic Sci-Bono, located in the old Electric Workshop in Newtown, the cultural precinct in the heart of the Johannesburg.
The People’s Concert on Tuesday, August 24 at noon caters for adults from various community organisations and showcases The Soil, Thulee and Nkulee Dube.
The Magnet Schools Concert on Wednesday, August 25 at 12pm, features Dineo Pule, Zonke and Vuyo Tyolo and is for learners who are part of the Magnet Schools programme which provides music training to talented disadvantaged students.
Of note, Nkulee Dube, 24 years’ daughter of late reggae icon Lucky Dube has managed to fuse ethno-soul and jazz with ragga.
Tickets to the opening night performances are on sale at Computicket with a 15% discount for all Standard Bank customers.