Standard Bank Joy of Jazz & Workshops
Aug17

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz & Workshops

Warm up the last winter weekend this August at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival in downtown Johannesburg… Young Jazz musicians take note, they’re running a series of free jazz workshops during the festival: Running from August 27 to 29 in Newtown, the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2009 line-up features artists from America, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands who will be joined by top performers from South Africa and the African Diaspora. Performers from the African continent include South Africa’s Jonas Gwangwa; Afro Jazz featuring Jimmy Dludlu; Vusi Mahlasela; Brian Thusi; Sterling EQ; the 2009 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for jazz Kesivan Naidoo as well as the Nigerian All Stars featuring Kúnlé Ayo and Rwanda’s Somi. Read more about the artists below… Some of the world’s leading jazz musicians – appearing at this year’s Standard Bank Joy of Jazz which takes place in Newtown from August 27 to 29 – will run free workshops teaching youngsters and musicians the intricacies of the craft. They include acclaimed Swiss harpist Andreas Vollenweider; Canadian trumpeter Ingrid Jensen; American pianist Bob Baldwin and saxophonist Marion Meadows and American jazz vocalist Arlee Leonard. The two groups giving workshops are Netherlands’ popular outfit Room 11 comprising Janne Schra (vocals), Arriën Molema (guitar), Tony Roe (keyboards), Lucas Dols (bass) and Maarten Molema (drums) and Spain’s Sumrrá featuring Manuel Gutiérrez (piano), Xacobeo Martínez Antelo (double bass) and Luis Alberto Rodriguez (LAR) Legido (drums). For more information on the workshops contact Mojalefa Gwangwa at T Musicman on 011 326 0141 or email ar@tmusicman.co.za The itinerary is as follows: Thursday August 27 from 11am to 1.30pm at the following venues: ·         Music Academy of Gauteng (Daveyton) – Ingrid Jensen ·         South West Gauteng College (Soweto) – Andreas Vollenweider ·         Moses Molelekwa Artist Foundation (Tembisa) – Room 11 ·         Central Johannesburg College (Johannesburg Central) – Marion Meadows and Bob Baldwin ·         Beverly Hills (Sedibeng – Vereeniging) – Arlee Leonard ·         Tshwane University of Technology (Tshwane) – Sumrrá For more information on the line-up, venues go to www.standardbankjazz.co.za and www.tmusicman.co.za. More on the line-up: Leading South African songstresses Judith Sephuma and Unathi Nkayi are joining the already impressive line-up at this year’s Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. Sephuma – who is regarded as one of the country’s leading jazz and Afro-pop singers and is the recipient of three South African Music Awards (SAMAs) – will perform on the Dinaledi Stage on Friday, August 28. She shares the stage with Spain’s Summra; the Lao Tizer Band featuring violinist Karen Briggs and guitarist Chieli Minucci and Main Ingredient from the US which includes vocalist Cuba Gooding. Over the years,...

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Apologies to all the winners for Ballentines ballsup @ Bassline
Apr29

Apologies to all the winners for Ballentines ballsup @ Bassline

If you were a ‘winner’ and went to the Bassline on Saturday night only to find there was no list and your name was nowhere to be found, firstly, we’d like to apologise sincerely for this bad experience. Secondly, we’d like you to know that this had very little to do with Represent and everything to do with the venue, Bassline, and the organiser Andrew, who was managing our ticket giveaway. After generously piling on the free tickets for our readers, and us providing all info timeously, they had promised to have everyone’s names at the door on the list on time – a very simple thing to do – but it turns out they couldn’t be bothered. We are busy compiling a list of ‘winners’ experiences that night as well as finding out how they will compensate you, so please do get in touch on editor@represent.co.za, we have the list of everyone that won.  It’s a sad day when people are treated so badly, without respect and we apologise once again, as you know, we do this all for the love and support of SA music, but we’re beginning to wonder if it’s worth it. Sharpile for your support as always. Editorista. We’ve got a bunch of tickets to give-away to this week’s Ballantines Finest Jazz “Leave an Impression” event – It’s happening live at the Bassline in Newtown on Saturday 2nd May 2009 and will feature the brilliant DON LAKA and the sultry SAMA winning SIMPHIWE DANA. If you’d like to win a pair, simply email Editorista on editor@represent.co.za with your name, your partners name, your cell numbers and the answer to this question: at which famous Johannesburg Jazz venue will the Ballentine’s Finest Jazz event take place this weekend?  More details below or click on the flyer for more: Ballantine’s has been presenting some top South African jazz artist at various Newtown venues over the past year and is extremely proud to present two headline acts at arguably the home of South African Jazz on Saturday 02 May, when Don Laka and Simphiwe Dana play at the Ballantine’s Finest Jazz event at Bassline – this event is sure to LEAVE AN IMPRESSION and we are extremely proud to be the headline sponsors. The Ballantines Finest Jazz at the Bassline is a jazz event to look forward to reminiscent of the high quality jazz concerts from the Bassline Jazz Club in Melville days! Headline for the evening is the inimitable Don Laka performing his signature “Kwaai Jazz” with Jazz Diva supreme Simphiwe Dana taking on the support act slot. Don Laka after 35 years in the music...

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Remembering Sharpville – Open Mic daytime Session
Mar16

Remembering Sharpville – Open Mic daytime Session

Poets, lyricists, speakers, wordsmiths, get your pens working and spill out what’s in your heart this Human Rights Day at this very special edition of the popular Likwid Tongue open mic sessions: Remembering Sharpville. OPEN MIC for OPEN MINDS on HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 21 march Shivava cafe 66 carr st Newtown OLD SONGWRIGHTERS CLUB 12hoo till 18h00 FREE ENTRY ALL DAY! OPEN MIC ALL...

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jozi art:lab presents Guard on Shift in Kliptown
Mar16

jozi art:lab presents Guard on Shift in Kliptown

We’ve been rooting for the potential of Kliptown for a while now and are delighted to see that inroads are being made into communicating around the disparity of the tourism developments and the local community that feels largely side-lined. Bravo jozi art:lab. After its great success in October 2008 the interdisciplinary art installation Guard on Shift by Sue Pam – Grant and Xoli Norman will be staged again – this time at the Battery Center in Kliptown as an open-air performance. It will be part of Kliptown Art Project, founded and curated by the foundation jozi art:lab. “ jozi art:lab is solely focused on curating thought-provoking work. We realised the challenge that the lack of resources poses on art consumption and hope that this showcase of Guard on Shift will bring theatre to people who hardly have the opportunity to indulge…” explains Indra Wussow, curator and founder of jozi art:lab. Guard on Shift explores an all too familiar fixture in surburbia – the guard’s hut and the presence of the black guard who is posted there to guard the neighbourhood. He is somewhat a contradiction: he represents a superhero and protector yet at most times he is unarmed and ill – equipped to respond to any real danger – the funny this; people still trust and feel safe knowing he’s on shift. The artist and director Sue Pam – Grant and music composer Xoli Norman investigate the tenuous and visceral areas that occupy these physical and mental territories. This allows for a scrutiny of our collective paranoia – a critical boundary between our physical fences and the space occupied inside the walls of our minds. jozi art:lab anticipates an interesting response to this installation  considering that it will take place within the context of a community where some of its inhabitants leave their homes to protect other peoples’ homes in the suburbs. This particular performance and its reception will inspire the interrogation of this phenomenon further through a documentary film and the project will be spearheaded by Indra Wussow and Wonderboy Peters. Battery Center, Kliptown, Soweto Saturday, 28th March 2009 @ 6:30pm Guard on Shift completely lacks self-indulgence – or even articulated (patronising) pity for these peripheral people. It’s a bare brutal portrayal of intransigent values that pepper and coddle us into a complacency of security. A lucid, wise piece that glosses the incompetence in the running of our country by pointing fingers within, not without. Robyn Sassen –...

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FANTASTIC Free concert in Newtown – New Years
Dec15

FANTASTIC Free concert in Newtown – New Years

As part of improving the quality of lives of its citizens, and ensuring a safe and happy new year, the City of Johannesburg, annually hosts a carnival parade through the streets of the inner city. This parade culminates in a huge party on the Mary Fitzgerald Square. Once you’ve enjoyed the pulse of Joburg’s own Rio Carnival, join us for a world class African party.  The celebrations begin at 6pm on New Year’s Eve and goes on until 2am on 1 January 2009. Experience the city at its best: the sounds of South Africa’s finest against the inspiring backdrop of our truly world African class city.2008 will end on a high note as Newtown, Johannesburg’s cultural hotspot, readies itself for the last big-bash concert of the year. Hosted by the City of Johannesburg and SABC 2, the “New Year’s in Newtown” concert at the Mary Fitzgerald Square continues the tradition of ringing in the year with a bang. More than 30 000 party goers are expected to attend the New Year’s party, which includes a massive stage for live performers.  The concert is free of charge, courtesy of the City of Johannesburg and SABC 2. on December 31st. The evening will be an explosion of sights and sounds, as the City welcomes in 2009 to the beat of Joburg’s top performers and the skyline lights up with the sparkle of an electrifying fireworks display. The concert brings together some of the South African music industry’s greatest talents. Expect to see: Freshlyground, KB, Gang of Instrumentals, Wonderboom, MXO, Bleksem, Howza, Fikile Mlomo, DJ Zan D, and DJ Zee. If you are not able to actually be there you can experience the party in the comfort of your own home on the television. The event will be telecast live by SABC 2. Feel connected to your fellow South Africans and welcome in the new year as you watch the party and enjoy the sounds of really fine South African music. No alcohol or weapons will be allowed into the venue. However there will be a beer garden for those who’d like to welcome the New Year with a toast. The law enforcement agencies and Emergency Management Services will be present to maintain law and order, and attend to all emergencies on the night. For the artists too, this is a night of fun, a moment to relax and let the worries of the year wash away, and the excitement for a New Year bubble. Freshlyground shared their enthusiasm for the party by saying: “This is the first year we will start in JHB! We are super excited to do this concert,...

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