It’s Jazzuary every day in JHB
January 31, 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa: Joburg is not missing a beat with young jazz artists showing off their talent at Kaya FM’s Jazzuary on-air concert on The Art of Sunday with Brenda Sisane live from Back of the moon restaurant in Gold Reef City.
This is an annual campaign to celebrate and create awareness about jazz music. The campaign is dedicated to playing the best of jazz, master classes and live and unplugged sessions that offer musicians a platform to share their music with other jazz lovers.
The line-up was a combination of young bloods who are really making their mark in the jazz scene as they have all released their albums. This included Viwe Mkizwana, bassist from Daveton. Sibusiso Mkhize who plays the trumpet from Umlazi and Thuto Motsemme who also plays the bass from Kwamashu. These great musicians were each accompanied by their own talented band.
Jazz head, Sisane said the Jazzuary concept has been running for a couple of years. “When I joined I thought this was very interesting concept and I threw myself into it realising how important it is for us to have such platforms as a jazz and soul station.”
Motsemme said: “It’s really inspiring for us as young jazz musicians to have such platforms as they give us hope for the future.”
He promised flames and energy from his band and that is exactly what we got from this bassist who was playing songs from his album, “My Dream”.
No matter what day of the week it is, when it comes to Johannesburg, there is always something happening in the jazz scene, one would ask, is Johannesburg becoming the New Orleans of South Africa?
Motsemme said he’d say New York. “Most jazz artists come from smaller towns and hope to make it in here, so I’d say New York,” he laughs.
Mkizwana who is based in Pretoria says without a doubt, Johannesburg is the New Orleans of South Africa.
“The music culture in Johannesburg is amazing. You’d find venues that are consistent like Kaya FM, The Orbit, Afrikan Freedom station and a lot more. Musicians are always gathered that side and there are a lot of jazz cats from Cape Town who are moving to Johannesburg because of the jazz scene.”
Commenting about Kaya FM giving young and upcoming musicians a platform, Sisane said in jazz it’s really not about being young and upcoming but it’s more about the beauty of music that is shared.
Mkizwana who released his album “African Skies’ in July 2016 said he is excited about this project. “I am really excited that I get a chance to share my music that everyone can relate to her. Big ups to KAYA FM for organising.”
Sibusiso Mkhize who plays the trumpet explained how live music is more authentic. “Live sessions are the best because you get the real deal. We are grateful to have a station that loves and appreciates what we do. We thank their followers as well for the support.”
Mkhize’s album is titled, Sound, love, peace and honesty.
In an article, Conversation with our Jazz Masters, Sisane expressed why Jazzuary matters, “Campaigns such as Jazzuary are effective because they remind people of the art they love. They also recruit new lovers because there’s a focus on the music. They give us a chance to reevaluate the potential that lies in the music. Sometimes the potential has nothing to do with the commercial side of it, it’s just to be able to locate ourselves in the big world called music and get a sense of being and identifying in the big world called music”
Catch Brenda on The Art of Sunday every Sunday at from 10am-2pm. According to KAYA FM, Sisane’s show is aimed at bringing the family together by playing unfamiliar tunes from familiar artists. “The music is described as mellow, allowing the listener to relax while reading the paper or eating Sunday lunch.”