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ITALY/SA JAZZ AT USHAKA (article first published : 2004-12-3)

A topnotch summer alfresco concert entirely sponsored by the Embassy of Italy and the Consulates of Italy in Durban and Cape Town featuring Jimmy Dludlu and highly acclaimed Italian jazz band, the Carlo Actis Dato Quartet, will perform for one concert only at uShaka Marine World on December 18 at 19h00 in the Italy/SA Jazz Summit.

Durbanites will get a rare chance to see this acclaimed and exciting Italian group which goes on to perform in Cape Town in the Cape Town Company Gardens on December 19. They are billed as the most original and amusing group of new Italian jazz, whose music successfully combines sound and extemporaneous entertainment. The group draws from jazz, Mediterranean and middle-eastern ethnic music, afro and funk rhythms, Caribbean, oriental, East-European sounds, old Italian-like songs and occasionally recalls tropical sea-side resort atmospheres or pop songs!

The Carlo Actis Dato Quartet share the bill with homegrown musical Afro-jazz genius Jimmy Dludlu and his all-star band. A self taught performer since he was 13 years old, his career took off in the mid 1980s. He has worked with many fellow music luminaries from SA and abroad - Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie, Sipho Mabuse, Winston Mankunku, Robbie Jansen, Victor Ntoni, Herb Ellis, Ismael Lo and Papa Wemba. He has received numerous accolades and major awards – including top SAMA honours. Jimmy’s style includes wide ranging influences combining traditional and modern elements of jazz.

“We are pleased to note that cultural exchange between Italy and South Africa has flourished. Among the various activities of this year, we have promoted film festivals, a wide variety of musical events; and have assisted with the development of arts in South Africa. The spirit of these initiatives embody the sentiment that Presidents Ciampi and Mbeki formalized by the signing of the Italian-South African Cultural Agreement on the occasion of the first historical visit of an Italian Head of State in South Africa in 2002. As a fitting conclusion to this year’s activities we are very happy to bring to Durban and Cape Town the Italy-SA Jazz Summit which will showcase some of the best talents our countries have to offer,” said Valerio Astraldi, Ambassador of Italy.

The areas in uShaka which are usually free remain so. The areas for which an entry fee is charged can be accessed at the reduced rate of R30 – all of which goes to charity. Tickets can be bought at the gate prior to the performance. Gates open at 18h00.

More information from Awesome Africa on 031 206 2494.




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