HHP faces ‘jazz police’

2012-03-30 16:19

Pop stars might evolve into “serious” jazz artists by being exposed to platforms like the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, HHP has said.

The hip-hop artists faced questions from the “jazz police” at a briefing before his performance at the BassLine stage tonight.

The festival’s organisers have been criticised by some for increasingly booking non-jazz entertainers and therefore diluting the line-up. Others such performers include kwaito acts like Zakes Bantwini, Unathi and afro-pop sensation Zahara.

Said HHP when asked by a journalist about being at the festival while “real” jazz musicians generally have fewer opportunities to gig: “Those are the rules of life, some people get it and some people don’t.”

HHP added that, “perhaps we should ask the organisers why they are booking us for the second time”. He first performed at the annual event in 2007.

HHP joked that perhaps “the festival organisers were looking for something to keep their kids busy while they listen to the real jazz”.

He argued that pop singers might evolve into “serious” jazz artists by being exposed to platforms like these.

He mentioned American super star guitarist George Benson as an example of a musician who managed to develop both as a pop and jazz musician.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.