Jazz comes to Kimberley
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