Jazz Collabos To Expect From The Upcoming Standard Bank Jazz Festival 2018. Jazz enthusiasts can expect a great deal of quality music on the upcoming Standard Bank Jazz Festival set to take place on the 28th of June and 7th July this year where international artists are set to collaborate with local stars during the festive. The event will feature veteran musicians alongside the young jazz stars.
Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, Thandi Ntuli who brings her enterprising band, Rebirth of Cool, which has found a fresh approach to playing jazz music in dialogue with everything from soul and rap to R&B. The group features a traditional band formation augmented by DJ Kenzhero spinning classic hits on the turntables. The pianist will also lead her group of rising jazz stars to present music from her new album, Exiled.
The legendary ‘King of the Zulu Guitar’, Madala Kunene will lead a creative collaboration that brings together electric and acoustic folk sounds. Acts like The Brother Moves On, and the new face of Afro-folk, Bongeziwe Mabandla will join Madala Kunene in an extraordinary night of music.
Miriam Makeba’s granddaughter, Zenzi Makeba Lee will partner with Amanda Tiffin to present a collaborative project showcasing the power and prowess of their respective styles as vocalists. The pair will lead a band that includes bassist Romy Brauteseth, Afrika Mkhize on piano and Marlon Witbooi on drums.
Lisette Spinnler and Julie Fahrer, female vocalists from Switzerland – on residency made possible by Pro-Helvetia – will perform with a South African rhythm section as a nod to the collaborative spirit that underlies jazz in Grahamstown.
The duo will lead drummer Peter Auret, Thandi Ntuli on piano, and bassist Shane Cooper in an energetic collaborative project that reflects the spirit of Jazztown where young and older musicians, legends and emerging artists get together to define possible futures for jazz music. They also join pianist Nduduzo Makhathini and his band in a collaboration on his latest compositions.
Where literature, music meet
In a rare creative concept that converges literature and music, Percy Mabandu will collaborate with an all-star jazz band that includes pianist Andile Yenana, Shane Cooper on bass, Ayanda Sikade on drums and Sisonke Xonti on tenor saxophone to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic jazz album, Yakhal’inkomo by the late great Winston Mankunku Ngozi.
From Ghana comes pianist Victor Dey Jnr, who teams up with South African musicians Marcus Wyatt, Sisonke Xonti, Romy Brauteseth and Ayanda Sikade, while pianist Andile Yenana presents his latest compositions with a combination of Swiss and South African musicians.