ANOTHER JAZZ CONCERT IN KZN
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
KwaZulu-Natal is set for another Jazz musical event organised by Jazz Agenda after the AmaJuba jazz festival was launched on Tuesday at the KZN SABC M1 studio.
Jazz Agenda, which is a Non-Government Organisation, partnered with 1 KZNTV and MBS group to organise the first ever AmaJuba Jazz Festival to be held at Amcor Dam on September 6, 2014.
Managing director of the organisation, Zwelibalele Dlaedwa said that the event would be an exciting fusion of music and culture, showcasing the best in emerging and established talent.
“The face of jazz will never be the same in the province. We will mix entertainment and social responsibilities with the jazz tour,” he said.
After the first concert at Newcastle, the event will head to different venues including uMzimkhulu, Umhlab’uyalingana, Richards Bay, Umvoti, Mnambithi and Inanda Dam.
The concert will be a who’s-who of top South African artists like Ringo Madlingozi, Sizwe Zako, Selaelo Selota, Bongane Nkwanyana, Berita, Bheki Nqoko, Mbuso Khoza, who are among the line-up.
“We are delighted to bring such talented artists to the event,” said Dlaedwa.
Business partner of MBS group, Dr Themba Fakazi, revealed that their main aim is to engage with communities using the music “genre that united disadvantaged communities,” in the past.
“We want to unite rural and urban areas. We want legends to also educate youth in communities,” Fakazi said.
Jazz maestro Mbuso Khoza said that it is a privilege to be part of the event.
“I am happy to be part of the first concert and that will always appear in the history books,” said Khoza.
Khoza believes that jazz can be associated with culture and the event will attract many diverse groups.
The concert has attracted 1 KZNTV, who will broadcast all the events.
Their station manager, Edwin Mncwango said, “We have a platform that will showcase what KZN has to offer. We have to offer full coverage.”