Butler back where it all started

2015-06-11 06:00
Internationally acclaimed Jonathan Butler will be performing at the Winter Jazz Festival.

Internationally acclaimed Jonathan Butler will be performing at the Winter Jazz Festival.

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One of Cape Town’s finest jazz exports, Grammy Award winning Jonathan Butler, will be performing a one-night-only concert as part of the Winter Jazz Festival.

The festival, which takes place at GrandWest’s Grand Arena on Friday 12 and Saturday 12 June, will also include performances by Americanjazz songstress Oleta Adams, jazz saxophonist Euge Groove and internationally-acclaimed soul singer, Musiq Soulchild.

The youngest of 13 children, Butler grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, ruled by Apartheid and segregation. He began his singing career at age seven, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in South Africa the following year at age 12. He made history by being the first black artist played on white South African radio while earning three gold records.

More than a decade later, Butler moved to London, England after signing with Jive Records and released his first album internationally. The self-titled set went gold in 1987 in the United Kingdom and in the USA. He received Grammy nominations for Best Randamp;B Song for his Randamp;B-pop vocal hit “Lies” and for Best Jazz Song for the instrumental “Going Home.” His genre-busting material has earned him songwriter’s awards and received abundant airplay. Butler’s 2004 album, Surrender, went gold in South Africa where he remains a superstar.

Butler is still taking care of people at home. In 2014 he launched the Jonathan Butler Foundation to fund music education programmes that give children the purpose to overcome a life of drugs and poverty, just as he did.

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