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.

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