ITS all systems go for this year’s third annual Pietermaritzburg Jazz Festival, to be held at the Golden Horse Casino on 6 August.
Speaking at the official launch of the festival on Monday, event organiser and director of Starlight Promotions, Brian Zuma said this year the event promises to be bigger and better.
“The Pietermaritzburg Jazz Festival has become the signature music event in the city. From the onset our plan was to have it on the same level with other jazz festivals in the country. And we started off on a high note by bringing in an international artist, Chris Walker, and this year we are continuing with that momentum.”
Jazz enthusiasts are in for a treat as this year the event will headline U.S. steel drummer, Andy Narrel alongside Johnny Clegg, Thandiswa Mazwai, Phuzekhemisi, Letta and Caiphus Semenya, and for the younger audience Cassper Nyovest.
The line-up will also include local artists thus giving them exposure.
“We are still putting together a list of local artists to perform.
“We will also be hosting workshops at the Winston Churchill Theatre to assist artists about what direction to take for growth in the industry.
“We will also invite local artists when we do activations with one of our sponsors, SAB, to give them exposure.”
Festival patrons will be happy to know that this year cooler boxes are allowed and the Golden Horse Casino is in negotiations with the area’s residents association about the midnight cut-off time.
Tickets from Computicket, R200 for general access and R500 VIP. Doors open at 10am.