Simphiwe Dana. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
Simphiwe Dana. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

The success of jazz festivals in Cape Town and Johannesburg and at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown has inspired the Jazz Foundation of SA with the idea of an annual event for SA’s capital city.

As a result, the inaugural Tshwane International Big Band Festival, with a stellar line-up of music luminaries, will take place in December.

Marcus Wyatt. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
Marcus Wyatt. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Among the local talent appearing at the two-day concert will be Caiphus Semenya, Madala Kunene, Herbie Tsoaeli, Simphiwe Dana, Nduduzo Makhathini, Feya Faku and Marcus Wyatt.

Performing alongside them will be an equally stellar foreign contingent — US-based jazz performers Stefon Harris, Salim Washington and Kenny Garrett as well as Dutch national Paul van Kemenade. And the artists will perform with a big band drawn from a pool of talented local musicians.

Madala Kunene. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
Madala Kunene. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

The Jazz Foundation hopes these inaugural concerts will lay the foundation for an international event on the jazz calendar, alongside festivals such as those at North Sea, Montreux and Broadmoor.

• The festival takes place on December 8-9 at Freedom Park, Tshwane

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