Don’t Miss Jazz on the Lake
Aug15

Don’t Miss Jazz on the Lake

It’s a yearly Represent ‘favourite must-do mahala event’, Jazz at Zoo Lake, do yourself a favour, pack a picnic basket, grab your friends and go and celebrate Jozi’s 80th birthday this year on Sunday the 7th of September. We’re chuffed the line up is much improved, featuring Simphiwe Dana, Jimmy Dludlu, Don Laka and Zamajobe to name but a few… go on and Represent! (Residents included!) Read all about it at Johannesburg Tourism site here or the awesome Joburg.org site here. See our photostory on our RepresentFlickr site from Jazz at the Lake in 2005 here....

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Mawe-2 LIVE at House of NsakO
Aug13

Mawe-2 LIVE at House of NsakO

Nice flyer design from the B-side crew. We’re sure the music at House of NsakO in Brixton is going to be just as sweet this Saturday night. Just up the hill from Melville, aim for the tower then hit a right and head for the High Street ;). The B-side Party with Deejay BlaQt presents Mawe-2 ” live “… As he takes us through the soulful jazzy sounds from his debut album – titled a fools hope, So expect an explosive perfomance… with DJ BlaQt taking us through the night with some of that good music….@ House Of NsakO ( 101 High Str., Brixton Jozi town ) & R 40 bucks guarantees you a dope night out.. http//: www.myspace.com/bsideblog http//: www.myspace.com/mawe2 http//: www.mawe2.rooftopmedia.co.za http//: www.myspace.com/djblaqt Download Deejay BlaQt`s Bside mini mix …. http://www.zshare.net/audio/14680764a732b4a4/ Check the tracklisting & artwork on :...

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Jazz Lovers get your JOJ tickets… fast!
Aug12

Jazz Lovers get your JOJ tickets… fast!

This years Standard Bank Joy of Jazz looks to be sexying up jazz in SA as a slick array of global jazz favourites are jetted in to perform in the heart of Johannesburg city. Think other great Jazz festivals like Montreaux, North Sea Rotterdam, Montreal and of course New Orleans ongoing jazz extravaganza, they all started somewhere; but their defining features have to be the quality and range of Jazz muso’s in the lineup as well as the tight organisation that goes into running world class music festivals. It looks like JOJ is on it’s way up there, lets hope it becomes an international attraction. But for now, all you local Jozi people that love Jazz, hurry up and buy your tickets, if you don’t know where to start, we’ll tell you what we’re excited about and MUST NOT be missed: Roy Ayers, Joy Denalane, Asa from Nigeria, Simphiwe Dana, Max Wild and Sam Mtukudzi, RJ Benjamin, Ringo Madlingozi, Abigail Khubeka and then we’d probably really dig hanging out with the ‘developmental and emerging bands’ to spot hot new talent, like the Central Johannesburg College, George Tabor School of Music, Music Academy of Gauteng and The Tshwane University of Technology’s School of Music and bands from the Puisano Roving Jazz programme. Anyways, whatever you do, GO GO GO. The international language of jazz will see the stages of downtown Jozi go global when the annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz runs in Newtown from August 28 to 30. Some of the world’s top jazz artists will be providing a musical mélange of sound at this not-to-be-missed jazz-travaganza. With its truly international line-up, the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz will incorporate all jazz styles – from Afro jazz and fusion to Latin rhythms, bebop and straight-ahead. Artists from America, Japan, Norway, Spain, Israel, Germany and Holland will be joined by top performers from South Africa and Nigeria. Giants of the jazz world include Japan’s Keiko Matsui who recorded her last album Moyo in South Africa; the Original Superstars of Jazz Fusion featuring Roy Ayers, Tom Browne, Wayne Henderson and Lonnie Liston Smith; American saxophonist Joshua Redman; guitarist Doc Powell from the US; Israel’s Avi Lebovich and the Israeli Jazz Orchestra; Spain’s Sedajazz; Holland’s Denise Jannah; Germany’s Joy Denelane and Norway’s Tord Gustavsen. Performers from the African continent include South Africa’s Abigail Kubheka, Pat Matshikiza, Mark Fransman, the 2008 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for jazz, Simphiwe Dana and Yvonne Chaka Chaka as well as Asa from Nigeria. The Mbira Stage will showcase the opening night bill on Thursday, August 28, with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) paying tribute to...

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Jazzy Treat at House on Fire
Aug12

Jazzy Treat at House on Fire

Whoever told these jazz cats to head to the Swazi Kingdom after their gig at the Joy of Jazz was doing them a huge favour, not only will they get blown away by the serenity, beauty and people in the kingdom, but the people of the kingdom get to feast on an unusual jazzy musical treat. Nice one. Sam Mtukudzi, (the gifted son of the legendary Oliver) and his superbly talented friends from New York and Denmark, Max Wild and Soren Moller, are gonna blow the House on Fire down. GO GO GO!!! MAX WILD & SAM MTUKUDZI with special guest Soren Moller at House on Fire, Swaziland 30th August Swazi audiences are set for a thrilling concert on Saturday August 30 featuring powerhouse jazz saxophonist Max Wild from New York in a stunning Afro-beat collaboration with Sam Mtukudzi, son of legendary Zimbabwean performer ‘Tuku’, fast emerging as a major singer-songwriter sensation in his own right. Joining the 8-piece band as special guest is the prodigious Danish jazz pianist Soren Moller, regarded as Denmark’s hottest new jazz talent. The act is being featured at this year’s Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival in Johannesburg, and immediately after performs exclusively at House on Fire. In April and May this year Max Wild and Sam Mtukudzi launched their new brand of jazz Afro-beat, with overtones of chimurenga music, wowing audiences at the famous Joe’s Pub in New York and then on to HIFA Festival in Zimbabwe. Max and Sam have created a sound that spans continents, a collision of jazz and Afro-beat. In April Max and Sam followed up their single ‘Teerera’ with a full-length album, an ambitious cross-Atlantic collaboration, which teams Max’s New York jazz quintet with Sam Mtukudzi, features Oliver Mtukudzi and showcases compositions by Max, Sam, Oliver, and Nigerian bassist Michael Olatuja, with lyrics in Shona, Ndebele, Yoruba, and English. Max Wild has been turning heads on the Big Apple jazz scene with his distinct sound and Afro-infused jazz compositions. Born in Zimbabwe where he grew up, his musical career took off under the tutelage of British jazz greats Tim Garland and Julian Arguelles. He toured UK and Germany in 2001 performing at Berlin’s prestigious A Trane Jazz Club. In London Max appeared with Guildhall Jazz Orchestra, performing Gil Evans’ Porgy and Bess with Randy Brecker at Barbican Hall and Gil Evans’ Sketches of Spain with Dave Liebman. Since moving to New York in 2002, Max has been part of the Manhattan Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, directed by acclaimed Latin percussionist Bobby Sanabria, with many performances at New York’s renowned Birdland jazz club. Max has performed twice at Carnegie...

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MUST DO: Marcus Wyatt & Language 12
Jun19

MUST DO: Marcus Wyatt & Language 12

Need we say more? Represent’s favourite SA Jazz musicians live and direct tomorrow night in Jozi. GO GO GO. Marcus Wyatt and Language 12 (with Louis Mhlanga) live @ House of Nsako , 101 High St , Brixton , Fri 20 June , 21h30 , R50 / door. Click on the flyer for more...

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