Archive for the 'jazz' Category
Report by Zizipho Majavu & Ethan Van Dieman
Simphiwe Dana is one of South Africa’s most soulful singers as well as being a leading socio-political musical activist. Her music blends traditional African music with contemporary soul and shows hints of Gospel and Blues. She is a singing sensation in the world music scene.
Report by Sebastian Burger & Ethan Van Diemen
Bheki Mseleku is still rather an unknown musical legend. Respected as one of the most influential jazz legends of South Africa, he is barely known outside of jazz circles and died in England in 2008. As a tribute to the artist, Afrika Mkhize conducted a big band tribute to him at the 2016 National Arts Festival, accompanied by some of the best young jazz artists in South Africa.
Report by Bracken Lee-Rudolph & Dillon Lutchman
Standard Bank National Schools’ Big Band performs ‘Etosha’, composed by Dan Shout at National Arts Festival 2016.
This year’s Standard National Schools’ Big Band performed at the DSG Hall at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The band was comprised of scholars filtered from a group of 350 high school age students, who had been discovered through a selection processes in individual provinces.
Report by Sebastian Burger & Ethan Van Dieman
Siya Makuzeni Is fast becoming a South African Jazz notable. Describing herself as a vocalist, trombone player, composer, arranger and a music producer, she is making waves in the South African scene with her undeniable talent. Fusing multiple genres within her performances, she played two shows at the 2016 National Arts festival in Grahamstown accompanied by her newly formed band that she hopes will enable her to push her career forward. A serious jazz performer to look out for.
Report by Sebastian Burger, Bracken Lee-Rudolph, Zondelela Njabo, Zizipho Majavu, Athini Majali & Mihlali Ntsabo
The 42nd National Arts Festival kicked off at the 1820 Settlers Monument in Grahamstown on Wednesday, 29 July.
MEC of Sport, Recreation Arts, and Culture, Pemmy Majodina was present alongside Makana Mayor, Nomhle Gaga, and Arts Festival CEO Tony Lankester. Earlier in the day at the press briefing the National Arts Festival’s government funding and Grahamstown’s water crisis were discussed.