Gin Africa Co is excited to bring you the Gin & Jazz Manyano experience. A two-day intimate community gathering over the Easter weekend (2 & 3 April) where we will be bringing together the best of live music, people, and food. Headlining this first installment is Bluenote Records artist, Nduduzo Makhathini and Standard Bank Young Artist award winning, Sisonke Xonti. We are also proud to introduce Cape Town based, drummer Tefo Mahola, and rising star vocalist and guitarist Muneyi in this exciting line-up of exceptional musicians and selectors. Manyano, (a term popularized by the social activism of the African church) which translates to 'Coming Together' aims to bring South Africa's jazz artists closer to audiences in intimate settings, while promoting inner-city Johannesburg. At the heart of Gin & Jazz Manyano is community, connectedness and collective joy. What our jazz musicians in the country continue to model so well for all of us.
Jazz festivaling in the new normal: Why Gin & Jazz Manyano? The struggles of South African artists in the cultural industry have been left exposed and their vulnerability illuminated by the effects of the global pandemic managed in the country. It has always been the arts which have allowed many of our communities around the world to make sense of, and transition through impossible periods; offering in many ways, a language of hope and possibility. This incredibly long, difficult and isolated year, being no different. As cultural workers, activists and creators, we are alive to this reality and have made the invitation over the past couple of weeks to think together, and collaborate around the present-future of arts and cultural production (and consumption) in our context.
The event seeks to revive inner-city experiences which have been at the forefront of arts, culture and music in South Africa, while in the main, profiling, uplifting the invaluable and exceptional contribution local jazz musicians have made to the sector and industry overall. Our goals are to (1) collaborate with organizations and institutions who have a mutual interest in contributing to the revival of a sector which has been hard hit by COVID-19; (2) develop creative and innovative models for live music and entertainment in the context of a new normal; and (3) support the creative economy growth of artists.