South African Jazz: Connecting Tradition

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Around the world, April is recognized as Jazz Appreciation Month. Affectionately known as JAM, the month is used to celebrate the legacy of jazz. In light of this, local jazz institutions are teaming up to present a free one-day online festival. (Provided)

Around the world, April is recognized as Jazz Appreciation Month. Affectionately known as JAM, the month is used to celebrate the legacy of jazz.

In light of this, the Center for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) are collaborating with the South African Association for Jazz Education as well than with the Center for Jazz and Popular Music at UKZN to present a free one-day online festival.

The free, one-day online mini-festival will feature both performances and lectures as well as an audience participation program that asks’ Does Jazz Matter? “. Festival webinars will be hosted by Brenda Sisane, Sam Mathe and Atiyyah Khan.

Brenda Sisane will showcase the performances of young South African jazz musicians and lead a discussion with them on the future of South African jazz. Atiyyah Khan will speak to jazz festival promoters and venue operators about the impact of Covid-19 and the industry’s recovery plans. Sam Mathe will host a discussion on the legacy of Todd Matshikiza.

Of the event, University of Johannesburg Head of Arts and Culture Pieter Jacobs said the following:

“Today more than ever, it is important that actors in the arts and culture industry collaborate and combine their efforts and resources to maximize the impact of our projects on the industry and the communities we serve. . We are delighted to partner with the presentation of this one-day educational celebration of jazz and to mark Jazz Appreciation Month in such a meaningful way. “

The full program which features musicians, jazz writers and academics will be released closer to the date of the festival. The Festival will be broadcast live for free on social media platforms from all the partners.



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