A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

music
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

JOY OF JAZZ AT GRAHAMSTOWN (article first published : 2002-05-17)

Standard Bank, together with the Government of the Eastern Cape and the National Arts Council, present this year’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown from June 29 to July 6.

Jazz lovers are gearing up for the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival which kicks off in Grahamstown with the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival from June 27 to July 2.

This annual event provides a forum for young jazz players from around the country to come together and attend lectures and workshops conducted by the who's who of South African jazz. Another key factor of this festival is the auditions which will be held for selection to three national bands - The National Schools' Big Band, the National Youth Big Band and the National Youth Jazz Band.

The cost to attend this course is R700 per person and there are also a number of bursaries available for scholars. Says SBNYJF director Allan Webster: "The generous sponsorship of Standard Bank has allowed us to keep the course fee below the cost - even of the participants’ accommodation. I advise scholars to apply fairly soon, as this course could perhaps alter the career path of many up and coming young musicians". (E-mail Mr. Webster on webstera@stirlinghigh.co.za for further information).

The high profile line-up of the festival itself includes the hit-making Selaelo Selota, vocal sensation Judith Sephuma, Loading Zone, Ernie Smith and Johnny Clegg as well as Ringo Madlingozi who comes fresh from a successful collaboration with UB40.

"This year we have an outstanding line-up of artists, with the emphasis on homegrown South African talent,” says jazz festival producer Henry Shields. “There is a special focus on the Eastern Cape - the top of the bill performer who hails from this area is Ringo Madlingozi. Our opening night features up-and-coming East London blues band Humble Man who hosts a blues party featuring Eastern Cape talent exclusively, on vocals and in the large choir. This is a first-ever festival-commissioned Eastern Cape musical collaboration. More Eastern Cape content comes from the polished and experienced Andrew Tracey Steel Band. We have a true showcase of our unique South African talent".

"We are extremely pleased to once again be involved in the jazz component of the National Arts Festival," says Mandie van der Spuy, Arts Sponsorships Manager, Standard Bank. "Since its inception, the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz circuit has showcased some of our top artists, while developing young talent at the National Youth Jazz Festival. The annual Joy of Jazz Festival at Grahamstown is no exception.




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart