Event jazzed up

2019-01-23 06:00
John Paka

John Paka

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The Windmill casino in Bloemfontein has lined up its entertainment programme with musicians to start 2019 with a bang. The crew of artists will perform at Jazz on the Lawn on 27 January.

They are South African pair John Paka and Sinoyolo Msolo as well as Lesotho’s Bhudaza Mapefane, hitmaker of Tjontjobina.

Paka hails from Bloemfontein while Msolo has his roots in the Eastern Cape.

Buoyed by the success of the spring edition of Jazz on the Lawn in September last year, Windmill presents the first instalment for 2019.

Jazz enthusiasts can once again look forward to a superlative show.

“We are excited to present Jazz on the Lawn featuring three excellent performers who each bring their own unique jazzy style to the event. Round up your friends for an afternoon of laid-back entertainment in a relaxed setting,” said Kamo Mohapi, Windmill promotions coordinator.

The musicians have a blend of experience gained in journey. Musician and actor, Paka has been on the local music scene since 2008. He has worked with some of the country’s musical greats including Benjamin Dube, Simphiwe Dana and the internationally acclaimed gospel ensemble, MTN Joyous Celebration. He has also shared the stage with international artists such as Tamia, Maxwell and Anthony Hamilton.

Msolo was amongst the top 29 in SA Idols, season 13 and made it to the finals of the Koysie Rising Star and Bloemfontein Talent Search competitions. He has impressed audiences at venues in his hometown of Flagstaff as well as in Bloemfontein.

Lesotho’s Bhudaza is a self-taught pianist and jazz musician who has been performing since the mid 1980s.

Looking to grow his skills and expand his experience, he left the Village Pope to join Lucky Dube and toured Namibia, South Africa, Comoros Islands, Uganda and France. In 2005 he was booked alongside Hugh Masekela, Yellow Jackets, Joe Zawinal, Mariam Makeba and John Schofield at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

Over the years, he has continued to be featured at respected jazz festivals, has released several albums and has received a prestigious South African Music Award (Sama).

Entry is free and the event will be held from 14:00 to 20:00. Food and drinks will be on sale throughout the afternoon.

No picnic baskets or cooler boxes will be permitted into the event. Audiences are encouraged to bring picnic blankets.

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