Quotable from the Cape Town jazz fest

2013-04-05 15:30

A selection of quotes from the Cape Town International Jazz Festival press conferences.

Claire Philips, Cape Town singer who performs at the Basil “Manenberg” Coetzee stage on Saturday:

» “Music saved my life. If it wasn’t for the music I’d be just another statistic from the Cape Flats.”

» “As I sit here, I carry all women artists with me. I represent every female artist out there across the world.”

» “As a full-time musician, if you don’t play, you don’t eat. So the challenge is to be paid your worth as an artist.

There are promoters who want to pay you R2 000, but I spend R3 000 to prepare for a gig. So that won’t work.”

Jimmy Dludlu is on the Kiepies Stage on Saturday:

» “I try all my best to stay true to my music and myself. I’m Jimmy Dludlu, I have to focus on what I do best - the music.”

» “As a musician, people get tired and bored of hearing you play the same music, the same way all the time. You’ve got to keep your product fresh.”

Chef’Special who’ll be playing on the Moses Molelekwa stage on Saturday.

» “As far as I remember we were very sober when we wrote the song Birds.”

» “We decided to go to a restaurant and said we weren’t leaving until we chose the name for the band. The waitress came with the menu and showed us the specials and we thought, bang! That’s our band’s name. Chef’Special.”

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