South African jazz giant Abdullah Ibrahim joins Grammy Award winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard and celebrated pianist Ahmad Jamal at the opening night of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, which runs in Newtown from August 22 to 24.
In 2013 the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz once again reinforces its status as South Africa’s premier jazz festival, and one of the best on the African continent, thanks to a stellar line-up of musicians from around the globe.
These include American Carmen Lundy, an enduring artist in a jazz vocal tradition that stretches all the way back to Billie Holiday; acclaimed “Big Chief” of the sax Donald Harrison who will be performing with his nephew the acclaimed New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott as well as South African trumpeter Lwanda Gogwana; Grammy Award winning tenor saxophonist Eddie Daniels; Japanese jazz pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto and American saxophonist Tia Fuller who was a member of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé.
Also on the bill, which features more than 50 artists, is Dennis Edwards, a former lead singer for the Motown act The Temptations who will be appearing in The Temptations Review which features Paul Williams Jnr, son of original Temptations member Paul Williams; Peter White from the UK who first gained fame with his distinctive guitar style as accompanist to Al Stewart and played on Stewart’s landmark Year of the Cat album; Argentina’s Tango String Quartet; the DRC’s Ray Lema; US vocalist René Marie; Cape Verde’s Marie de Barros and Lenora Raphael from the US.
The South African contingent includes Ray Phiri and Stimela; Mlungisi Gegana who will be paying tribute to the late South African jazz double bassist and pianist Johnny Dyani; Sipho Mabuse who pays homage to Zim Ngqawana; Sibongile Mngoma (a former Standard Bank Young Artist) who will release an album in June this year in which classical meets jazz; Afrotraction; Kabomo, Selaelo Selota, Mbuso Khoza, Ivan Mazuze, Jeff Maluleke and Themba Mkhize.
From his roots growing up in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South African composer and keyboardist Adam Glasser is now recognised as one of the world’s leading jazz harmonica players. Glasser has put together a unique jazz collaboration for Standard Bank Joy of Jazz combining musicians he has played with in both the UK and South Africa including Australia’s Carl Orr, South Africa’s Concord Nkabinde (former Standard Bank Young Artist winner for jazz) and Nduduzo Makhathini as well as Ghana’s Frank Tontoh.
Shane Cooper, the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Jazz, will be performing with Bokani Dyer, Kesivan Naidoo (another former Standard Bank Young Artist winner for jazz), Reza Khota and Justin Bellairs.
There’s a performance from the Peter Auret Trio comprising Auret, Roland Moses and James Sunney of Watershed fame with special guest Joe Penn on saxophone.
Described as the most gifted musician ever to blend African and American music, Abdullah Ibrahim has enjoyed a career that has spanned half a century as a pianist and composer. He has worked with many legends of South African and global jazz. When he returned to South Africa in the 1970s to record his masterpiece, Mannenberg, he earned his place among South Africa’s greatest musicians. His sold-out performances continue to thrill jazz fans from around the world.
In his autobiography, Miles Davis describes the impact of hearing celebrated pianist Ahmad Jamal: “He knocked me out with his concept of space, his lightness of touch, his understatement.” Named as an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend, Jamal is a bona fide jazz star and the source of inspiration to many younger pianists.
Although he has four Grammy Awards for his jazz recordings, Terence Blanchard also ranks among the most creative, in-demand film score composers, particularly for his collaborations with Spike Lee. He is now putting the finishing touches on his first opera, commissioned for Opera St. Louis. Blanchard has also assumed roles as a music educator as the artistic director of the youth-oriented Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and, more recently, as the artistic director for the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz will take place on eight stages in Newtown including the Dinaledi Stage, the Conga, Mbira, Bassline and The Market Theatre. Other venues include free concerts at Sophiatown, Shikisha and Nikki’s Oasis.
Event producer Peter Tladi of T-Musicman says: “Over the years we have brought the finest jazz musicians to our shores as desired by the event’s fans, friends and supporters. Because we believe all people deserve to hear the best musicians the world has to offer, our 2013 line-up pays tribute to the listener’s choice as it were, it is our gift to our friends and festivalgoers who insist on the most interesting, the out of the ordinary, the push the boundaries type of artist, and most importantly the best of class. This is a line-up for the discerning jazz lover.”
Go to: www.joyofjazz.co.za
Tickets are on sale at Computicket with a 15% discount for all Standard Bank customers valid from from May 21 until June 30 (terms and conditions apply).
On Mother’s Day, 12 May, The Table of Peace and Unity will bring together 700 celebrities, religious leaders, citizens from all walks of life and captains of industry on Table Mountain to join together against child abuse and in particular, child sexual abuse.
We will break bread at a sumptuous feast prepared by top South African chefs, enjoy excellent entertainment including ,myself Nataniel, Sterling EQ, the Amy Biehl Choir and Kristi Lowe.
Sipho remarked ” I am honored to be invited and to give of my time to inspire and speak out about the abuse in our society”
Abuse has reached catastrophic levels. In South Africa, a girl has a better chance of being raped than learning to read. It is estimated that a child is raped every 17 seconds, which is totally unacceptable. Ordinary South Africans are standing up to say that we refuse to be the rape capital of the world.
All funds raised from ticket sales and auctions at the event are used to purchase safe homes, equipment and supplies for charities focusing on the needs of our vulnerable children. To date, the Table of Peace and Unity has raised over R14 million for more than 20 organisations around the country.
Past projects benefiting from The Table of Peace and Unity have been able to build facilities in which rape survivors are treated and counseled, purchase clinics in Soweto, KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape, purchase vehicles, build playgrounds and fund community projects.
We have funded a trauma unit and treatment room for abused children at Red Cross Children’s Hospital and built an outdoor area for psychiatric patients at Tygerberg Hospital.
Join us at The Table of Peace and Unity. Tickets are available from Computicket or contact The Table of Peace and Unity at 021-702-2280 or email email@example.com for more information.
Big Concerts and 94.5 KFM confirmed today that Mark Haze will open for Bon Jovi, alongside Elvis Blue, live at Cape Town Stadium tomorrow.
94.5 KFM ran a poll that allowed fans to vote for which local artist/band they wanted to open for Bon Jovi.
The short list was then sent to Bon Jovi’s management for approval who chose Mark Haze for the Cape Town performance.
Mark Haze is no stranger to the big stage.
He signed to Universal Music after becoming the runner up in South African Idols 2011 and went onto release his debut album ‘Where Angels Fear to Fly’.
His first single ‘Out of my Head’ went to gold status and was the most downloaded song in South Africa in 2011.
His follow up single ‘Wake Up’ went to number one on the SA charts and holds the record for the longest stay on the chart, with a massive 23 weeks on the Kia Take40 SA.
His current single ‘The best of the worst’ is currently playing on all major stations and his music video is featured on the ‘Now 64’ DVD.
With one of the greatest catalogues of songs in the history of rock n’ roll, Bon Jovi has sold more than 125 million albums and racked up a stellar resume of career accomplishments. Bringing their signature brand of rock ‘n’ roll back to the people, Bon Jovi will be performing live in South Africa in May 2013.
The band’s return to the road in 2013 will cap an incredible run which has secured Bon Jovi’s status as the essential live rock band – having performed more than 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, and earning the #1 grossing worldwide tour twice in just three years. “Because We Can – The Tour” will also debut brand new songs from new album What About Now, due out in Spring 2013, loading even more ammunition into the band’s huge arsenal of hits including “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Who Says
South African Tour Dates:
Tuesday 7th May 2013 – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Presented by 94.5 KFM and MNET
Saturday 11th May 2013 – FNB Stadium, Soccer City Complex, Johannesburg
Presented by 94.7 Highveld Stereo and MNET
Tickets on sale now for the Johannesburg show (web, outlets and call centers
Tickets on sale now for the Cape Town show (web, outlets and call centers)
Tickets available online from www.bigconcerts.co.za, or Computicket.
For more info Martin Myers -083 448 4475 -or firstname.lastname@example.org
6B: You began working in the Music Industry while the old laws of apartheid were still governing the country. Despite that you still made your mark in the industry. What inspired you to keep pushing?
Sipho: I come from a generation of musicians who saw themselves as an investment, an invest in ourselves. If you believe enough in what you do, then you have to invest in yourself so that others can believe that they can invest in you, be that materially, or intellectually. We’d go out, rehearse, book the venues, write the banners and put them up, we’d load the equipment, drive ourselves to a venue – we were investing in ourselves. You don’t find people doing that anymore – all they want to do is rehearse and wait for a promoter to knock at their door.
6B: How has the music industry changed over the years?
Sipho: I call it “The dependence syndrome” It’s what is affecting younger musicians these days – They believe that the only way they can grow musically is through record companies and promoters. “I want to remain an artist and let everybody else take care of what I do…” This is a dangerous space to be in, because you find that you cannot create a space in which you can operate on your own. Interestingly, the challenges have always been the same, the issues around royalties, copyright, remuneration and so on. Unfortunately, most young people, particularly black young people, see music as an escape from poverty, and the only way in which they can find themselves employed – through television, recordings and performances. Little do they understand the pitfalls and the challenges that there are. We would never discourage them from wanting to be performers, but they also need to understand what it is that they are getting themselves involved in.
6B: You have said before that you thought you were destined to become a doctor or lawyer, what made you decide to go into music rather?
Sipho: I am studying through UNISA at the moment. I managed to complete my matric last year, because I wanted to do it. I left school to pursue my dreams, we had a band and toured all over Africa. I’m not encouraging youngsters to drop out of school, but I do encourage them to actively pursue their dreams – whatever that means to them. Just stay grounded whilst doing it.
Read more at 6B Magazine – Sipho Hotstix Mabuse.