A decade of Mankunku’s dream

2018-03-22 06:01
Sisonke Xonti.

Sisonke Xonti.

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Ten years ago a group of jazz enthusiasts from Gugulethu, Langa, Nyanga and Khayelitsha came together after a live performance by the legendary Winston Mankunku Ngozi failed to take place at the Artscape.

This meeting gave birth to the Western Cape Jazz Society, which was later renamed iKapa Jazz Movement.

Those members were Joe “Margarms” Mthimnka, Zolile “Ghost” Ndindwa, myself, Monelo Bongo, Rosie Wilson, Felicity “Panda” Mashodi, David “Day” Mokwena, Zolani “Mbunyane” Nikani, Kholi Ntini, Fezile “Fez” Butsaka, and Timo Ntjana.

iKapa Jazz Movement celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year, and would like to reflect on its journey since its humble beginnings in 2008. Of course it wasn’t all smooth sailing as one could have imagined.

Along the way obstacles were encountered but nothing could stop us moving forward in achieving our goals. Thanks to the diehard attitude displayed by the members throughout.

Yes we lost some members along the way, we fondly remember Messers Zolile “Ghost” Ndindwa, Joe “Margarms” Mthimnka, Kholi Ntini, Thabo Ngxamngxa and recently Gus Ntlokwana. May their souls rest in eternal peace, we are sure they are flying the iKapa Jazz Movement banner high somewhere at the entrance of the Pearly Gates.

On the 25th March 2018, iKapa Jazz Movement in collaboration with its mother body South African Jazz Appreciators Association (SAJAA)and in partnership with EspAFRIKA the organisers of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, opens 2018 with the 5th edition of our after jazz party series.

On stage Cape Town born ternor saxophonist Sisonke Xonti will be headlining this event.

He is a multi talented artist, a composer, a bandleader and a lawyer by training. Any South African j’nJazz appreciator worth his or her salt should have an album or two with Sisonke featured with every who’s who Jazz artist in SA today.

The writer had a pleasure listening to his debut album titled “Iyonge” released in 2017. What a blast!

Sisonke is rated as one of the best tenorist to come out of Cape Town after the great Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi.

His parents live in Bongweni, Khayelitsha , a stone throw from Tembani were the writer lives.

He now resides in Jozi due to the high demand for his services by fellow artists and the Jazz loving public. He will be performing at the CTIJF accompanied by his own band, come out and hangout with him at Langa he will surely set the place ablaze with his beautiful and soulful Jazz sounds.

The All Star Band under the leadership of Camillo Lombard will be offering the best Cape Jazz sounds, this youthful band is very energetic and musically astute. We look forward to some high tempo sounds.

From Khayelitsha comes Vukuhambe - a nursery of future jazz greats under the tutelage of the multi talented reed and brass teacher Gcinikhaya Mnyamane.

We have come a long way with this outfit, you are urged to arrive early when these youngsters take the stage it will be magic,kindly give them a big hand.

Five jazz presenters from the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Gauteng, KZN and Mpumalanga will be bringing out the best of their play lists specially compiled for YOU the Jazz Connoisseurs.

We wish to thank our partners and sponsors such as Mr M Murudker owner of the Vangate Housing Company and Mr Billy Domingo the owner of EspAfrika for their ongoing support for this major event on the iKapa Jazz Movement calendar every year without fail. We thank each and every one of you for gracing and supporting this prestigious event year in year out.

Please join us this Sunday at the Johnson Ngwevela Hall kwa Langa the home of Jazz in the Western Cape, from 14h00 - 22h00. Bring out your picnic baskets, put on your dancing shoes, savor the hot sound of Jazz meet and make friends.

Contact: Joe Sidambe on 0604579762, Timo Ntjana on 0849940111 or MG Bongo 0734468368

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