Amanda Black gears up for jazz con­cert

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THE FIRST an­nual Jazz in July con­cert will see a mix of lo­cal stars com­ing to­gether to per­form un­der the Dur­ban sun.

The multi-award-win­ning Amanda Black is one of the artists who will be giv­ing those who at­tend a day to re­mem­ber. Her rise in the mu­sic in­dus­try has pushed the 24-year-old to want to give her best per­for­mance ev­ery time.

“I’ve al­ways be­lieved I was meant to be where I am to­day and I worked very hard to get here. I didn’t ex­pect it (the rise) to be this quick after Idols, but I re­mem­ber when I left the com­pe­ti­tion I said it wasn’t go­ing to be the end for me,” said Black.

The Amazulu singer said she had al­ways known she was des­tined to be in mu­sic, and dreamt about it all the time.

“I planned and prac­tised and have been pre­par­ing for this time, and then God made it hap­pen.”

For her Jazz in July per­for­mance, which will be held at the Ju­ven­tus Field at the Dur­ban Botanic Gar­dens, Black is sure it will be a great show.

“I’m so ex­cited. I love per­form­ing and en­gag­ing with the au­di­ence, and it’s so cool when they know the songs. They can look for­ward to a great show with me singing all the songs they love.”

Her new sin­gle Kahle off the Amazulu al­bum is now out and the of­fi­cial video is on YouTube.

In Au­gust, she will be record­ing a live DVD for Amazulu.

“It’s go­ing to be a dif­fer­ent vibe. It’s al­ways great to hear your favourite songs sung dif­fer­ently. The live feel will be re­ally dif­fer­ent from the stu­dio, so the au­di­ence must ex­pect an elec­tri­fy­ing show. I want to break the rules for live record­ings. I def­i­nitely have a few sur­prises up my sleeve. It’s the first show where it’s just me, so I am ex­cited.”

Jazz in July takes place this Sun­day and will see Black per­form along­side Swazi­land-based muso Sands, whose song Tigi has gone viral across the coun­try. Lo­cal Dur­ban 14-year-old singer Lasan­dra is also in the line-up.

“One of the main aims of Jazz in July is to un­earth and nur­ture new ta­lent in the prov­ince,” said or­gan­iser Wanita Ng­cobo. She said the event was much more than just a con­cert or fes­ti­val, as it helped the com­mu­nity’s de­vel­op­ment.

The per­for­mances will be a mix of young and old with acts like the en­er­getic Ringo Madlin­gozi and Ray Phiri, Feel­ings hit­maker Zonke, old school with Joe Nina, Than­diswa Mazwai, Rob­bie Malinga, Naima Kay and Zandie Khu­malo. The UKZN Jazz En­sem­ble, Scelo Gowane, Mondli Ng­cobo and DJ Kotin round off the per­for­mance line-up for the day.

Black said she would be fo­cus­ing a lot on push­ing the Amazulu al­bum as it was still a gem.

“More videos and more per­for­mances; some songs I don’t per­form so we are look­ing at new ways to rein­vent it to make it a long-last­ing al­bum. As the year pro­gresses, and into 2018, I will be look­ing into col­lab­o­ra­tions. That’s one of the best parts of be­ing a musician.”

Tick­ets to Jazz in July range from R290 to R850 from Com­puticket.

It’s al­ways great to hear your favourite songs sung dif­fer­ently

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