Jazzing it up in Ugu

2018-07-12 06:02
PHOTOS: THAMI KA-NKOSIZonke performs on stage.

PHOTOS: THAMI KA-NKOSIZonke performs on stage.

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JAZZ fans were treated to a spectacular musical feast that featured many of the country’s internationally acclaimed artists at the first Ugu Jazz Arts Festival, held at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre last Saturday.

From dusk till dawn, the stage buzzed with great performances from artists including Sisanda Nilsson and Dj Mshedy’s to jazz and Afro pop headliners such as Zonke, Selaelo Selota and Oliver Mtukudzi, to name a few.

This year, the festival introduced Maskandi and Gospel music with performances by Sgwili and Khuzani, who has made a real name for himself in showbiz.

According to Siya Msomi of Cyassound Holdings, the company that organised the event, the Ugu Jazz Arts Festival is a growing brand in the Ugu District, positively increasing its fan base.

Msomi said that the festival had built itself up to become one of the district’s economy boosters.

Cyassound Holdings and its partners are extremely grateful to the patrons of the festival for their support. They also expressed gratitude to attendees for their excellent behaviour during and after the festival, saying: “There have not been any reported incidents.”

Msomi also vowed that the municipality would treat patrons of the Ugu Jazz Festival to yet another successful event in 2019.

“I appeal to those who doubted us to just give us a chance. We will do extremely well next year as we have already started planning for the next Ugu Jazz Arts Festival,” he added.

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