Jazz festival will wow PMB

2014-06-20 00:00

UNITED States RnB and jazz musician Chris Walker will be the headline act at the Pietermaritzburg Jazz Festival at the Golden Horse Casino in Pietermaritzburg on August 2.

Best known for his 1992 hit Take Time, Walker spent his childhood in Houston, playing gospel music.

He moved to New York City, where he became Ornette Coleman’s bass player for two and a half years.

Walker then toured with Regina Belle, who noticed his fine voice and gradually worked his vocals into her act. The singer credits her for teaching him to find his voice.

Joining the U.S. musician at the event will be: South African Music Award (Sama)-winning singer Lira, Port Shepstone-born Naima Kay, multi-award-winning Afro-pop group Mafikizolo, legendary husband-and-wife musicians and singers Letta Mbulu and Caiphus Semenya, and maskandi legend Phuzekhemisi.

Speaking at the launch of the event at the Golden Horse earlier this week, Brian Zuma, one of the directors of Starlight Promotions, said they wanted to make the jazz festival an annual highlight on Pietermaritzburg’s social calendar. “Durban has the Hazelmere music show and the South Coast has the Ugu Jazz Festival,” he added. “It is proven what economic and tourism benefits these events have for their respective cities. Pietermaritzburg needs to close that gap.”

Zuma added that both his company and the Msunduzi Muncipality, which had partnered with them on the project, wanted the festival to showcase local performers.

Those chosen to perform at the festival on August 2 are bassist Bongani Nkwanyana, Soulful Sounds, Mzwakhe Shezi and Bernard the singer.

There will also be a two-day development programme for up and coming artists at the Winston Churchill Theatre, during which some of the national stars will talk to participants about the business of art and how to succeed in the recording industry in South Africa.

Zuma said that while the festival was starting out as a one-day event, they hope that within a few years it could become a three- or four-day affair.

Fellow director Nkanyezi Cele said: “We promise to deliver a wow show, [because] the people of Pietermaritzburg … the people of KwaZulu-Natal deserve a wow show.”

THE Pietermaritzburg Jazz Festival — which is being supported by the Msunduzi Municipality, the Deparment of Arts and Culture, The Witness, Tsogo Sun, Audi Pietermaritzburg, Schweppes, Edward and Snell and Cubana — will take place at the Golden Horse Casino in Scottsville on August 2.

Gates open at 10 am and the show starts at noon.

Tickets cost R200 pre-sold at Computicket or R250 at the gate on the day for general access.

There are also VIP tickets, which include a three-course meal, drinks and commemorative shirts that cost R1 000.

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