The joy of jazz

Having only begun in 1999, the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival has rapidly developed into something of a grand-eloquent event featuring a sound of attraction for refined music aficionados writes Ziphilele Moyake.

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A Jazz Extravaganza

Oumou Sangare waltzed onto the stage spinning a calabash strung with cowry shells in the air, in sync with the music, delivering potent call-and-response jams, writes Tiisetso Tlelima.

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CD Review: Umlilo – Bongeziwe Mabandla

Bongeziwe Mabandla delivers contagious afro-folk tunes with a contemporary edge on this eccentric 6-track album. Umlilo, “Fire” or “The Cry”, has a serenity that makes one want to retreat to the tranquil hills of the Eastern Cape to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Gig Review: Zamajobe - More of the same

zamajobesmall.jpg Smoky lights illuminate the swanky cavern called The Blues Room. The crowd is restless; some look bored, fidgeting with the stems of their glasses while others take the opportunity to swarm the bar till the very last minute. Mostly swish to look at, the Blues Room clientele looks for the most part as if they’ve all, to the man, landed the biggest tender in the room.

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Gig Review: UK Deep House DJs Set Pretoria On Fire

chrisfeinmannsmall.jpg I was fortunate enough to see U.K deep house duo Tom Lynch and Chris Feinmann, not once but twice, during their recent whistle-stop tour of South Africa. Their first performance at Bar9 in Midrand was a little unsatisfactory, the turnout was disappointing, and I felt the gig didn’t reveal the duo at their best. So being the party-animal that I am, I decided to follow them all the way to House 22 in Pretoria for their next performance.

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