Tribute Mboweni – Venue: The Vic
A singer and environmental activist, Tribute’s music is the result of her jazz and soul influences, local and international. Soulfully mellow, yet sharp and striking, her aim is to draw you in, share of her self and grow with every performance of each song.
Steve Newman & Ashish Joshi – Venue: Rhodes Chapel
Together, Steve and Ashish have recorded and released ‘Live at the Mahogany Room’ and ‘In the Clouds’. A show not to be missed
Singstruments: A Symphony of Jazz – Venue: DSG Hall
Featuring 5 past winners of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. 2014 heralds 30 years of sponsorship of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards by Standard Bank – a corporate entity that has been at the forefront of the development of the arts in this country. This remarkable performance brings together five of South Africa’s musical gems, all of whom have been Young Artist Award winners for Jazz. In a vocal celebration both unique and captivating Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman, Tutu Puoane and Melanie Scholtz produce a beautiful bouquet of vocal harmonies, sonorous melodies and jazz classics that indicate why they are regarded as being of our nation’s finest singers. Accompanying them on piano is Bokani Dyer.
Gary Thomas – Venue: Albany Cabaret Club
“A virtuoso display of mastery” – Rolling Stone. “A rare breed of genius” – 24.com. “Electrifying… rupturing the conventional One-Man Guitar/Vocals Mould” – Mail & Guardian. “Manipulating guitar strings so they converse in a new language” – Cape Argus. “Bafflingly brilliant” – Cue. “Wizardry, the definition of an artist” – Levi’s MusicMag. “One of the most original and followed acoustic musicians in the country” – Whatson.co.za. “Spellbinding, haunting, the audience is mesmerized” – Your LMG
Lira in Concert – Venue: Guy Butler Theatre
Music Performed By: Lira (vocal), Petrus Mngomezulu (keyboard), Kenton Windvogel (guitar), Earl Baartman (bass), Joshua Zacheus (drums)
Lira is a multi-platinum award-winning South African singer/songwriter who refers to her music as a fusion of soul and funk with elements of jazz and African music. She has graced the covers of numerous fashion and lifestyle magazines and won a multitude of accolades from South African Music Awards, MTV Africa Awards, Channel O Awards, Metro FM and MOJO Awards as well as being Glamour Magazine South Africa’s “Woman of the Year.” Lira is the first African artist to release a full HD DVD in Blu Ray (3x Platinum) and she is the highest selling vocalist in South Africa. She has released five platinum selling albums on Sony Africa, including All My Love (2003), Feel Good (2006), Soul in Mind (2008), Live in Concert; A Celebration (2009), Return to Love (2011) and Rise Again (2012).
Jazz at Dakawa – Venue: Dakawa Arts Centre
Jazz at Dakawa is an annual programme presented by the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture aimed at showcasing and catapulting emerging talents from the Eastern Cape onto a national stage. This year’s programme will feature the Queenstown Arts Centre Jazz band, Strikers from the Mthatha Community Arts Centre and the Msaki AfroTeens, amongst others, in a showcase that celebrate the partnerships between the groups and the Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre (ECAVC). Jazz groups are drawn from each of the seven regions of the province. The Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre will provide technical expertise and assist in promoting the newly established Eastern Cape Recording Label. The programme will also showcase the vintage Kouga Jazz Ensemble featuring the likes of Xolani Faku and other greats from the Eastern Cape. Saturday 5 July Alfred Nzo Jazz Group (Alfred Nzo Region); Sunday 6 July Nagskof (Joe Gqabi Region); Monday 7 July Thandokazi (O R Tambo Region); Tuesday 8 July Queenstown Jazz Band Wednesday 9 July Gompo Arts Centre Jazz Band (Amathole Region); Thursday 10 July Kouga Ensemble (Cacadu Region); Friday 11 July Shoelaces (Nelson Mandela Region)
Black and White – Venue: Smirnoff Music Room
The Brothers are a seven-piece jazz/rock/reggae fusion band with their roots deep in Eastern Cape soil. Conscious songs with catchy choruses are punctuated with flights of improvisational mayhem from saxophone, organ, guitar, tuba and vocals. Fronted by two jiving jesters, The Brothers are a sensory skafrican feast.
Jimmy Dludlu – Venue: DSG Hall
Music Performed By: Jimmy Dludlu (guitar), Sisonke Xonti (sax), Camillo Lombard (keyboards), Lucas Khumalo (bass), Anthon Mannel (drums), John Hassan (percussion), Thomas Dyani (percussion)
Jimmy Dludlu has become a household name in South Africa, synonymous with foot-tapping groove and insatiable rhythm. His style includes a wide range of influences, combining both traditional and modern elements of jazz drawn from the likes of Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Pat Metheny and South African legends Hugh Masekela and Allen Kwela. He has received several SAMA awards, including Best Newcomer (1998), Best Male Artist (1998, 2000 & 2006) and Best Jazz Album (2000 & 2006). To date he has released seven albums, including his latest release, Tonota, which was received with critical acclaim.