‘I don’t wanna die penniless’

2011-03-24 13:16

“I don’t want to die penniless, many of my heroes like Busi Mhlongo and Miriam Makeba died penniless and that should have not been the case because they were celebrated around the world,” a concerned Simphiwe Dana said today.

The singer/songwriter was speaking to members of the media at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival early today.

Dana also lamented the fact that “the business of music has killed music”.

She was answering questions about how the general lack of venues for musicians to play at affected the quality of music and the calibre of musicians the country was producing.

Dana brings one of the most anticipated collection of local jazz musicians to the festival.

Asked about the powerhouse line-up, she said that she was “very honoured that they agreed to play for me”.

These include celebrated saxophonist Sydney Mnisi, bassist Herbie Tsoaeli, Mbuso Msomi on trombone Camillo Lombard on piano Keagan Williams on drums and of course, trumpeter Feya Faku.

Faku will also perform with his own band at the festival’s Rosies stage tomorrow.

She said that she is “looking forward to a day when we can create our own Sophiatown, where we have musicians coming together to have a club to perform and they get on stage whenever the feeling moves them and we’ll get payment from the door or something, I don’t know”.

The 12th yearly festival, which is already sold-out, brings together more than 40 local and international musicians for a week of music and festivities in Cape Town.

Dana is scheduled to gig on the Kippies stage at 5.15pm today.

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