Standard Bank Joy of Jazz to pay tribute to SA greats

By Drum Digital
27 August 2014

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is set to pay tribute to South Africa’s rich musical heritage by honouring 10 of the country’s “national cultural treasures” with awards.

As South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy the organisers of this year’s annual Jazz festival will honour Bayete, Harare, Hotline, Joy, Juluka, Mahotella Queens, Sakhile, Sankomota, Soul Brothers and Stimela. They will be honoured at a ceremony to take place at Montecasino on September 6. Peter Tladi, head of T Musicman, says the music produced and performed by these artists fulfilled specific roles in enriching the souls of the people. “In many ways, the objective of the regime was to divide, and yet, these artists were catalysts in forging unity and bringing people together. The bands represent a generation of extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation. They have contributed uniquely to the cultural landscape in our country, ” said Tladi in a media statement.

Previous recipients of the festival include legendary performers Sathima Bea, Thandi Klaasen, Abigail Kubeka, Dorothy Masuka and Sylvia Mdunyelwa; composer and trombonist Jonas Gwangwa; Grammy Award winner Hugh Masekela, veteran saxophonist and jazz journalist Don Albert; radio personality Mesh Mapetla and cultural activist Fitzroy Ngcukana.

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from September 25 to 27.

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