Posts Tagged ‘sibongile khumalo’

Tutu Puoane and Melanie Scholtz performing in Singstruments The vocal celebration included Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman, Tutu Puoane and Melanie Scholtz (CUEPIX/Kate Janse van Rensburg)

When you put five stars together, things can go very, very wrong. This could easily have been the case with Singstruments: A Symphony of Jazz. Yet, in spite of a shaky start, the collaboration proved to be successful and entertaining.

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In a programme that was as much a reflexive commentary on the vocal career of singing sensation Sibongile Khumalo, as an homage to her father, the late Prof Khabi Mngoma, and exploration of her heritage and African soul, Reflect. Celebrate. Live did not disappoint.

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Jazz aficionados are in for a treat at this year’s Festival as there’s a wide variety of styles, ranging from youth, world music and gospel, to cross-over, Afro, mainstream and modern jazz. The music will be performed by established artists, such as Sibongile Khumalo and Morris Goldberg, and showcase fresh acts and funky collaborations including Saturday Night Funk and A. Spell – Songs and Sounds.

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It was with great anticipation that I attended both of Danilo Pérez’s performances at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival. He is billed as being ‘among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time’ – his presence at the Festival is noteworthy because in the past the Jazz Festival director, Alan Webster, has in the main avoided booking big name international stars.

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Plainly dressed and sitting in the Wimpy, Madosini Mpahleni doesn’t seem queenly. But Mamdos, as she is affectionately known, is the “Queen of Xhosa music”, for fans locally and abroad. She will be performing with the Swiss ensemBle baBel. “Our performances are aimed at inspiring people to learn more about indigenous music and reconnect with their roots.”

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Standard Bank has sponsored the annual prize for the Young Artist Award for 25 of its 28 years. A selection of previous winners gathered to reflect on the award. Roy Sargeant, instigator of the awards in 1981 and then the festival chairperson: “We really did need a fundamentally empowering prize for the most important sector of artists: those just beginning to make real names for themselves. We said to them: ‘here is a bunch of money; create something thrilling and exciting’.”

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SIBONGILE Khumalo leads the tribute celebrating the 65th birthday of Letta Mbulu, the revered South African musical icon and cultural activist, at this year’s festival in For Letta – Sound of a Rainbow. Khumalo, together with Ringo Madlingozi, will pay homage to Mbulu’s distinctive style and profound contribution to South Africa’s cultural landscape by performing work spanning the four decades of Mbulu’s career.

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BECAUSE everyday language has become saturated with the excessive misuse of superlatives, it is a challenge to find words that can convey the impact of the performance by Sibongile Khumalo with a collective of South African and European musicians at the jazz festival on Saturday night.

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An African Celebration is bombastic. The show is larger-than-life, and brings together the best classical, jazz and dance that South Africa has to offer in one huge, slickly-produced package. An African Celebration was held to mark the 25th anniversary of Standard Bank’s National Arts Festival sponsorship. The production brings together different eras of Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners. Seeing the 1993 winner, Festival Committee chairman and vocal legend Sibongile Khumalo, jamming with 2008 winner Mark Fransman was truly inspiring; proof that music is indeed the universal language which can unite different ages and styles.

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