Tshepo Maseko is an activist who uses jazz to deliver a powerful message to today’s young South Africans. “I started It Has To Be Jazz (IHTBJ) to show the youth that there is a bright future for them. This was after I had a tough time myself in 2016, when I quit my job and decided to fulfil my dream of helping unrecorded artists establish their careers. I insisted on just one thing: it had to be jazz,” says Tshepo, who focuses on artists aged 18-35.
“I met many talented young people who were so discouraged that they were considering dropping their music to pursue other careers,”…
“My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are.” These are the words of Hugh Masekela, who succumbed to prostate cancer on 23 January 2018 after a protracted battle that began in 2008. He was undoubtedly one of the most talented jazz musicians to ever take to the stage, and he enjoyed a stellar career spanning six decades and 44 albums. But it was his abiding love for Africa and its myriad cultures, and his unshakeable stance against injustice that truly set him apart from his peers.
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Masekela was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008 and in October last year, he released a statement announcing his decision to call time on public performances.
“It is a tough battle, but I am greatly encouraged by the good wishes of family, friends and everyone who has supported my musical journey, which remains the greatest source of my inspiration,” Masekela said in a statement at the time.
“I have cancelled my commitments for the immediate future, as I will need all my energy to continue this fight against prostate…
Pioneered by dynamic saxophonist Moreira Chonguica, the MoreJazz Series is an annoual jazz festival in Maputo. Moreira studied jazz at the University of Cape Town. In 2009 he returned to Maputo and developed an astute business philosophy of “availability, flexibility and visibility”, with the vision of changing the perceptions of jazz to “sexy, sensual and controversial”.
As a mirror initiative to the success of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Moreira started the annual Morejazz Series in 2011, aiming to bring the best musicians from around the world to come and see,…
From 3 July until 28 August, Delheim is offering visitors a chance to warm up and have fun with their Cheese Fondue & Jazz Sundays.
The “downstairs” tasting cellar will play host to these cosy and casual winter afternoon wind-downs, at which live music will accompany a cheesy feast.
“At Delheim, we embrace the chill factor to the max this winter,” said Destination Manager Charlotte Terblanche. “When it is chilly outside, we invite you to come and chill with us. These Sunday sessions are for friends and families who want to…
According to the UK-based GQ magazine, Johannesburg is the “new cool capital of the southern hemisphere”. The article by Nick Carvell praised Jozi for it’s “seriously buzzing urban landscape packed with superb bars, inventive restaurants, cool hotels and one of the world’s most exciting theatre, art and music scenes”.