Au­di­ence laps up premier jazz night in Ekurhu­leni

Jazz bands, dancers and singers liven up in­ti­mate venue

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NOK UK H ANY A Dlamini’s set at the Au­gust edi­tion of the Birch­wood Comes Alive jazz evening was such a pow­er­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for the au­di­ence they cheered her on for an en­core.

The soul singer con­tin­ued to raise the bar on a night that was filled with ex­cep­tional per­form­ers.

The Mu­sic Academy of Gaut­eng Jazz Or­ches­tra opened the night with a fit­ting trib­ute to their founder, trum­peter Johnny Mekoa.

The five soloists had the au­di­ence danc­ing to their voices and songs, while the band played their in­stru­ments like they had been do­ing it for years.

Res­i­dent mas­ter of cer­e­monies Hec­tor Mo­ti­va­tor also in­tro­duced the five fe­male band mem­bers as part of Women’s Month cel­e­bra­tions.

Two of them played the trom­bone and trum­pet, while the other three sang.

Ce­leste Ntuli, the come­di­enne for the night, gave an au­then­tic set where she high­lighted the plight of women.

She used the plat­form to also show how much more dif­fi­cult it is for black women in so­ci­ety com­pared to oth­ers.

Although the au­di­ence was in hys­ter­ics, they also took in her mes­sage.

Clos­ing off the night was the for­mi­da­ble head­line act Lady Za­mar, who turned the din­ner night into a party that lasted to the early hours.

Lady Za­mar has a tal­ent for recre­at­ing her songs and singing them to dif­fer­ent beats. She did this with sev­eral hits in­clud­ing Char­lotte, My Baby and Love Is Blind.

The guests sur­rounded her on stage and sang along to ev­ery song. Her two dancers also set the mood.

When Lady Za­mar joined in the chore­og­ra­phy, her fans went crazy.

The Birch­wood Comes Alive jazz evening takes place ev­ery month ex­cept Jan­uary and has been hap­pen­ing for the last 17 years.

Por­tia Rathebe, who has been over­see­ing the event co-or­di­na­tion for the last 10 years, handed over the reins to a new event man­ager who will take over start­ing next month.

The black and pink affair was com­ple­mented by a three­course meal with wine on ev­ery ta­ble.

If you haven’t yet ex­pe­ri­enced the best jazz night Ekurhu­leni has to of­fer, make it a point to set a date in September.

The event takes place at the Birch­wood Ho­tel and OR Tambo Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Boks­burg.


BEATS: Nokukhanya Dlamini per­forms at the Birch­wood Comes Alive event in Ekurhu­leni in hon­our of Women’s Month at the week­end.

LUCKY: Malebo Mekoa re­ceives a gift from Thu­lani Nt­suntsha of The Star. She won the news­pa­per’s prize at the Birch­wood Comes Alive event.

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