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Published on August 12th, 2014 | by Diane Chidrawi


Jazzing Around free concert on Saturday, 23 August

Ernie Smith and Concord Nkabinde Quartet, Nia Pearl, Ladies in Jazz and Luyanda Madope and Friends perform as part of the build-up to Standard Bank Joy of Jazz

Jazzing Around – which forms part of the build up to the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival – features top local performers including Concord Nkabinde, Ernie Smith, Nia Pearl, Ladies in Jazz and Luyanda Madope.

The free concert – presented by Standard Bank Joy of Jazz in partnership with the City of Joburg – takes place at the Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort on Saturday, August 23 from 11h00 to 17h00.

As well as the live musical performances, there will be a mini market as well as food stalls. No alcohol, bottles and cooler boxes will be allowed into the venue on the day.

Concord Nkabinde, the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz recipient in 2006, began his pursuit of music as a kid in his hometown of Soweto. Later he completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studied and worked as a full-time music teacher. It was performing live that led him to working with SA’s top musicians such as Johnny Clegg, Abdullah Ibrahim, Gloria Bosman, Danny K, Miriam Makeba, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joyous Celebration, Sibongile Khumalo, Theuns Jordaan and many more. Today Nkabinde is in demand as a bass guitarist, musical director, composer and arranger.

Ernie Smith started playing guitar at the age of 13, inspired by a mixed tapestry of jazz musical influences like Pat Metheny, George Benson, Larry Carlton and Wes Montgomery. Challenged by their individual, unique sounds, he began the search for his personal expression in an authentic African voice. Propelled by the sound of South African mentors like Jonathan Butler, Sandile Shange, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and many others, coupled with his ambition to express and attract young and old to listen to thoughtful music, he has developed a style of playing and singing that is an assimilation of jazz, African and R&B references. He has won SAMA, Kora and Metro awards.

Nia Pearl’s sound is inspired by olden day jazz, blues and hip-hop icons. She fuses these influences with her own modern contemporary flair for a very current yet soulful sound. What inspires her is her desire to touch people of all ages and all walks of life through song.

Pianist, producer and session musician Luyanda Madope has worked with many major South African artists including Asanda Bam, Judith Sephuma and McCoy Mrubata. He has also worked with international artists such as Billy Ocean and Gerald Albright.

Ladies in Jazz comprises Anikki Maswanganye (vocalist and drummer), Zodwa Mabena (bassist), Thope Diniso (guitarist), Sankie Motsei (pianist) and Lesego Nkonyane (saxophonist). They have performed extensively around South Africa and the African diaspora and have shared the stage with a number of luminaries including Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman and Jimmy Dludlu.

Female entrepreneurs from SAWEN (South African Women Entrepreneurs Network) and women from the City of Joburg’s Women’s Forum will participate as food and merchandise vendors during the Jazzing Around concert. Various fundraising activities for The Forewomen Mentorship Outreach programme for high school girls in Braam Fischerville will run during the day.

Says Dudu Maseko (Executive Director: Community Development), City of Johannesburg: “We are delighted that Jazzing Around affords all Johannesburg communities the opportunity to experience live jazz music and become more involved in the arts.”

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from September 25 to 27.

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 Joburg, Gauteng Province and South African Tourism.

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