Joy of Jazz to celebrate Brenda Fassie
WITH more than 70 artistes on the bill, the 2014 edition of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz will hold at the Sandton Convention Centre from September 25 to 27.
This year’s activities, which celebrates the late South African singer, Brenda Fassie, will parade stars like Asanda Bam, Brenda Mtambo, Lindiwe Maxolo, Nonfundo Xaluva, Thiwe Mbola and Wanda Baloyi.
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz will also mark 20 years of South African democracy with two performances by Mzanzi Golden Voices who will perform the music of the late Brenda Fassie who died 10 years ago.
Younger generation of artistes, including Asanda Bam, Brenda Mtambo, Lindiwe Maxolo, Nonfundo Xaluva, Thiwe Mbola and Wanda Baloyi, will pay homage to the undisputed queen of pop with renditions of some of her memorable compositions.
They will be accompanied by Germany’s Hessian State Jazz Youth Orchestra (Kicks & Sticks) under the direction of conductor Wolfgang Diefenbach with Tshepo Mngoma as the musical director.
Brenda Mtambo, Nonfundo Xaluva and Thiwe Mbola will share the Mbira stage for the first performance on Friday, September 26, with Asanda Bam, Lindiwe Maxolo and Wanda Baloyi headlining on Saturday, September 27, on the same stage
The mercurial Fassie was the first musician of her generation to publicly sing about the then jailed Nelson Mandela in a stirring song titled Black President (1989), a soulful track that poignantly captures those dark days of apartheid 50 years ago when “the people’s president was taken away by security men”. She sang about the struggle hero who broke rocks, but whose spirit was never broken.
The 2014 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is produced by T-Musicman and brought to audiences by Standard Bank, in association with the Department of Arts & Culture, the City of Jo’burg, Gauteng Province and South African Tourism.
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