Celebrate International Jazz Day with HUAWEI Music
International Jazz Day will be celebrated on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Now in its 11th year, the day is a brainchild of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to highlight spotlight jazz and the role it plays in uniting people across the globe.
Many consider this day to be the perfect culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in April. Even though this music festival is held in the United States, many countries participate with many activities within their own borders. It’s not hard to see why this month was picked, as many famous jazz musicians celebrate their birthdays in April, including beloved artists like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Herbie Hancock.
Live in harmony
Learning jazz is child’s play with Huawei’s Petal Search. Just type in “International Jazz Day” and you’ll easily find its main site, which states that the day “brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, scholars and jazz enthusiasts from around the world to celebrate and discover the jazz and its roots, future and impact, raising awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding and strengthening international cooperation and communication”.
Closer to home, Huawei’s Petal Search gives great African resources on jazz festivals such as the Cape Town International Jazz Festival as well as the Lagos International Jazz Festival. Explore the South African Jazz Day site, which contains a wealth of information for aficionados and newcomers alike. From tips on how best to celebrate #JazzDayAtHome to spotlighting some of SA’s jazz talent, there’s something for everyone. Check out some of the webinars available for free, and even watch last year’s two-hour International 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert at your leisure.
And all that jazz
With the HUAWEI Music app, you can subscribe to a variety of jazz playlists, stream your favorite jazz artists, and discover the latest music videos in the genre. Best of all, it features a host of international and African artists on your jazz journey leading up to International Jazz Day and beyond.
The Jazz Classics Blue Note Edition playlist kicks things off on a high. “Tough Times” by John Brim, “That’s the Way Love Is” by Bobby Darin and “My Baby Walked Out on Me” by Johnny Young are just a few of the tracks on offer.
And then there’s the “Women of Jazz” playlist which celebrates the brilliant female talent available. Dianne Reeves’ “One For My Baby” and Norah Jones’ “Come Away With Me” are notable examples of what you’ll find.
As the name suggests, ‘South African Icons’ is worth considering. Revisit “Pata Pata” by Miriam Makeba, attend a live performance of “Stimela” by Hugh Masekela or enjoy the sound sensations of “Barua Kutoka Kwa Mama” by Lucky Dube.
Further, subscribe to “Afro Soul” to see some of the best African jazz artists doing what they do best. Zimbabwean Berita performs her ‘Sophinda Sidibane’ and talented young Bholoja from Swaziland presents her ‘Indzawo Yami’. It’s one of the greatest African jazz playlists and a must for anyone looking to deepen their knowledge of the genre.
And while we’re on the African theme, check out ‘African Roots’. Unlike the previous playlist, this one is more focused on traditional African instruments, bringing a jazzy touch to the music. For example, “Dikoma” and “Idlozi” both feature the gourd, which is sure to give you a different perspective on drumming in jazz.
To complete our jazz selection, you can also subscribe to ‘Jazz of the World’. As the name suggests, this playlist features the hottest selection of jazz music from around the world. Whether it’s ‘Via con me’ by Paolo Conte or ‘Come Fly With Me’ by Frank Sinatra, your soul is sure to be thrilled.
Download HUAWEI Music in April and explore the fascinating world of jazz.