Ugu gets to jazz it up

2011-04-04 00:00

CYASSOUND Events Management have been awarded the tender by the Ugu District Municipality (UDM) to organise the upcoming Ugu jazz festival scheduled for June 25.

The news came at a press conference held at Joe Cool’s in Durban on Thursday evening. Cyassound Director, Siya Msomi, said that it is all systems go for the 2011 Ugu jazz festival and that the national, provincial and local artists will be performing.

“What jazz lovers ordered from the Ugu jazz festival menu is exactly what they will be served with as almost all mentioned preferred artists voted by the people made it to the final line-up list,” said Msomi.

Jazz legends Caphius Semenya and Letta Mbuli top the list of the preferred artists and they will be accompanied by Selaelo Sellota and Jonas Gwangwa, who will be on Ugu shores for the first time.

“Zamajobe, who was part of the 2007 Ugu Jazz Festival, and Siphokazi will also be part of the confirmed national artists,” said Msomi.

Msomi added that local artists are Zakes Bantwini, Malini, Nkule Dube, Xolisa Dlamini, DJ Muntu, Umkhumbune Jazz Band and Brian Thusi’s Band. “Votes have brought in local talent such as Tender Mavundla, Factors, Mamayi Phumla Nxumalo and DJ Msheddys,” said Msomi. He emphasised the artist list is provisional and that the doors were still open for artists interested in performing.

Msomi said the event aims to draw a much bigger crowd this year.

The build-up will commence on June 18 with activities such as the Isicathamiya festival, a prayer day for the Ugu jazz festival which will feature gospel artists and a comedy show amongst the activities ahead.

He urged all stakeholders to work together to make this event a fully fledged brand.

“All jazz enthusiasts are urged to spread the word that Ugu district will be the place to be this winter from 18 to 26 June due to the planned festivities that will warm up the district,” he said.

UDM Deputy Municipal Manager Mdu Mnyandu confirmed that Cyassound has been appointed by the council to be their service provider for three years.

Mnyandu added that the UDM wanted the event to go beyond just jazz music but to see the development of the upcoming artists and affording them an opportunity to showcase their talents to become legends.

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