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
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.
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