BY BILLY SUTER
JAZZ fans are in for a treat with the third online concert from Durban’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, which presents weekly online concerts, each featuring three artists offering a 20-minute set each.
The concerts, usually staged at the centre, in the Shepstone Building on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, are presented online in conjunction with iSupport Creative Business.
To watch the concert there is a minimum charge of R30 (larger donations are gratefully accepted) and once sending proof of payment the audience will receive a link to stream the concert.
The full contribution of the audience will go straight to the artists in an effort to support and sustain South Africa’s musicians during this testing time.
The third edition of the online series, scheduled for 6pm on Wednesday, April 22, will feature the diverse line-up of McCoy Mrubata, Musa Mashiane and Nosihe Zulu.
One of South Africa’s favorite saxophone players, McCoy Mrubata will present unique material from his May 2019 performance at The Chairman in Durban. It is a vibrant performance with repertoire consisting of old favourites and new songs. Besides the South African influences, Mrubata’s new material is full of songs with beats and rhythms from North Africa and West Africa.
Born in Witbank, Musa Mashiane, aged 33, is a singer who blends influences of African music, funk and world music. His influences include Victor Ntoni, Lokua Kanza, Gerald Toto, Oumou Sangare, Stevie Wonder and Bobby McFerrin.
Nosihe Zulu brings a mix of videos from different performances, featuring some of her older works and also new compositions that are featuring in her recently released, raw-footage experimental, Mixtape.
Some may liken Nosihe’s bold deposition in imaging to avant-garde styling of Grace Jones combined with the modern-day haunting melodies of Laura Mvula. One can describe her sound as soulful and emotive, whilw her songs are flamboyant and filled with her vibrant persona.
Like many other performance spaces in the world, the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music and iSupport Creative Business had to suspend their weekly concerts due to the Cornavirus outbreak and the measures put in place to contain the virus.
One of the consequences of the social distancing measures in place is that it effectively paralyses the entertainment industry, both locally and abroad. Artists and various players in the sector are looking to technology and social media, which is remote in its very nature, as a potential stop-gap measure that could offer practitioners some financial recourse in the face of months of work that evaporated in a matter of days.
Musicians keen to be considered for this weekly online concert series should submit a video that is created especially for the concert, which is likely to be a solo performance or very small ensemble. Artists can also submit previously recorded videos that are not widely available on the internet, and are part of their personal archive.
Make your weekly ticket payment to:
iSupport Music Business
Acc no: 62276064137
Reference: your email address
Send your proof of payment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
And you will receive the link before 6pm each Wednesday.