Jazz comes to Kim­ber­ley

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Kim­ber­ley is fast be­com­ing a bit of a cul­tural mecca. Next week, the North­ern Cape town’s first ma­jor jazz event – the SA Jazz

Fes­ti­val – takes place there from De­cem­ber 16 to 17.

Ray­mond “Ray” Phiri will be head­lin­ing the event, along with other jazz greats such as Oliver Mtukudzi, Ju­dith Se­phuma, Hugh Masekela and artists from other gen­res, such as DJ Black Cof­fee.

Speak­ing to #Trend­ing from Jo­han­nes­burg this week, the Mpumalanga-born mu­si­cian says he can’t wait to re­con­nect with his sup­port­ers. “I’m go­ing to take my peo­ple down mem­ory lane, but with some sur­prises on stage as well,” he says.

He’s look­ing for­ward to play­ing in the town once fa­mous for the dis­cov­ery of the big­gest di­a­mond in the world.

“I love Kim­ber­ley so much be­cause of its his­tory and cul­tural di­ver­sity,” he says. We con­tinue talk­ing and just as he’s busy ex­plain­ing the work be­hind his next al­bum, he says: “You’re mak­ing me want to per­form right now.”

Then, to my sur­prise, he starts singing Zak­wala – his hit song.

For a mo­ment it felt like I was in the stu­dio with a le­gend. It was a real honour and it made me wish time would pass faster so that I could see him per­form on stage. Fol­low @Fest_sa on Twit­ter, and the SA Jazz Fes­ti­val on Face­book for up­dates and ticket info Five read­ers can win tick­ets for two to this year’s SA Jazz Fes­ti­val. To win, SMS the key­word PHIRI to 34217 Three lucky read­ers can also win dou­ble tick­ets to the 5th Ebube­leni Mu­sic Fes­ti­val on De­cem­ber 30 to see acts such as Mafik­i­zolo, Monique Bing­ham and Babes Wo­dumo. To win, SMS the key­word EBUBE­LENI to 34217


JAZZMATAZZ Gui­tarist Ray Phiri is one of the big names tak­ing part in the in­au­gu­ral SA Jazz Fes­ti­val

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