Women in focus at jazz festival

Durban-born jazz singer, songwriter and voiceover artist Spha Mdlalose.

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BY BILLY SUTER

AUGUST being Women’s Month, female artists will dominate at the first annual Imbokodo Jazz Festival, to be held against the backdrop of harbour views at Durban’s N-Shed Cruise Terminal facility on Saturday, August 12.

The event, hosted by community-based, non-profit organisation iTheku Regional Jazz Association, an affiliate of the South African Jazz Appreciators Association, will feature a range of artists.

Already confirmed is the Feya Faku Quartet, featuring award-winning bassist and vocalist Chantal Willie-Petersen, as well as emerging powerhouse vocalist Lindiwe Maxolo, Durban-born jazz singer, songwriter and voiceover artist Spha Mdlalose, and soulful singer Xolisa Dlamini.

Others lined up for the event include Durban-born vocalist Njabulo S Nzuza, noted jazz musician, Nomfundo Xaluva; the all-female UCeeJAZZ ensemble from Umlazi Comtech, and the UKZN Jazz Band featuring vocalist Ayanda Thango, bassist Dalisu Ndlazi, drummer Riley Giandhari, guitarist Nick Pitman and music director and pianist Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane.

South African Jazz Appreciators Association chairman Mncedi Zulu said the Imbokodo Jazz Festival aims to celebrate outstanding females on the local jazz scene.

“We’re showcasing a stellar line-up of established and emerging female jazz artists, but also striving to encourage youth participation in jazz activities, to offer them an alternative outlet for creative expression.

“Ultimately, events like this contribute towards ensuring the sustainable development of jazz in the region and beyond,” he added.

Zulu said the previous Imbokodo Jazz Session has been repositioned as the Imbokodo Jazz Festival and will be developed over time to entrench itself as Durban’s unique, women-only jazz showcase.

“We’re working to ensure that women will run and participate in Imbokodo – from organising to production to artists. The Imbokodo Jazz Festival aims to join the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival as the crème de la crème of South African Jazz Festivals,” he added.

Tickets to the festival will cost R300 and the event will run from 1pm to 1am

To buy tickets or for more information, visit www.imbokodojazzfestival.co.za


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