SA singer rakes in jazz prizes

2012-07-16 11:14

Juan-les-Pins – South African singer Melanie Scholtz notched up a triumph on Saturday at the Jazz a Juan Revelation festival in the French Riviera town Juan-les-Pins, winning all three prizes.

The 33-year-old from Cape Town took the Jury Prize, the Public Prize and the RTL Prize at the festival, which wound up late on Saturday.

“Jazz is a completely natural thing to me,” she told AFP, recalling her saxophonist father had played her records by jazzmen like Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderley.

Scholtz, who says she has “Zulu, Irish and Indian ancestors” – is also interested in traditional South African music and performed before Nelson Mandela in 2003 before going on to work with Scandinavian musicians.

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