Get your groove on for jazz razzmatazz

Along with spring, Septem­ber has come to be de­fined in Joburg by three days of glo­ri­ous mu­sic for the city’s mu­sic afi­ciona­dos

CityPress - - News - GUGULETHU MHLUNGU gugulethu.mhlungu@city­press.co.za

The Stan­dard Bank Joy of Jazz 2016 pro­gramme was launched at an in­ti­mate, low-key event hosted at the Sand­ton Sun on Thurs­day morn­ing. Guests ar­rived to the sounds of a live band and cock­tail-style seat­ing.

One of my pet peeves about many a launch is that you get told to ar­rive at a cer­tain time, and you do – be­cause punc­tu­al­ity de­notes pro­fes­sion­al­ism as well as cour­tesy. But then you are made to wait for an hour, some­times two, be­fore the main event kicks off. And no amount of free food or al­co­hol can make that long a wait at a pre­ar­ranged func­tion ac­cept­able.

But at the Joy of Jazz launch, the or­gan­is­ers or­gan­ised and re­spected the time of in­vited guests. While we were still nib­bling on snacks, the charm­ing Lebo Mashile took to the stage as host for the morn­ing. She guided us through some of the lat­est de­vel­op­ments of the fes­ti­val, and was fol­lowed by two more speak­ers. One of them was the event’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, Peter Tladi of T-Mu­sic­man, who gave a touch­ing speech about the leg­endary artists the Joy of Jazz has hon­oured, in­clud­ing the late Miriam Makeba, whose last lo­cal per­for­mance was at this event. Un­der the theme El­e­vate Your Mind, Body and Soul, this year’s im­pres­sive line-up was an­nounced and in­cludes 2015 Grammy award-win­ning flautist Wouter Keller­man, as well as mu­sos Jonathan But­ler, Concord Nkabinde, McCoy Mru­bata and Ger­ald Al­bright. In at­ten­dance at the launch were some of the other artists billed to per­form, namely Si­bongile Khu­malo, Sipho “Hot­stix” Mabuse, Lira and Ju­dith Se­phuma. Metro FM pre­sen­ter Nothemba Mad­umo was also there. The good news an­nounced for Stan­dard Bank clients is that dis­counted tick­ets will be avail­able for all the bank’s card­hold­ers. A 10% dis­count ap­plies when tick­ets are bought us­ing a valid Stan­dard Bank debit and cheque card. The dis­count will be bumped up to 15% when pay­ment is made with a valid Stan­dard Bank credit card at a Com­puticket out­let or on­line. The event’s for­mal­i­ties were ef­fi­ciently taken care of, so we were done within an hour – just as a warm fin­ger lunch made the rounds. Kudos for a well-or­gan­ised, slick do. You can view the full mu­sic line-up on the web­site joy­of­jazz.co.za. The 2016 Stan­dard Bank Joy of Jazz takes place at the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre for three days, from Septem­ber 15 to 17. Tick­ets are on sale at Com­puticket. A one-day pass costs R750, with a two-day pass priced at R1 250.

PHO­TOS: EL­IZ­A­BETH SEJAKE

HIGH NOTE Nothemba Mad­umo and Sipho ‘Hot­stix’ Mabuse at the Joy of Jazz launch SIS­TERS IN SONG From left: Ju­dith Se­phuma, Si­bongile Khu­malo and Lira Lira

Lebo Mashile

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