23 August 2011 by Dianne Tipping-Woods

Win tickets to Joy of Jazz 2011

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how excited I was for the 2011 Joy of Jazz festival and, that tickets for the Dinaledi Stage on 27 August were already sold out. If you have tried and failed to get your tickets, you get one more chance. Joy of Jazz and South African Tourism are giving away 4 tickets for the new Conga Stage on 26 August and - wait for it - 4 tickets for the sold-out Dinaledi Stage on 27 August 2011!

Gwen Ansell’s piece “Jazz is also about Jol” provides some good context for the festival, as well as an insightful look at the line-up if you’re still doing your research.

Much as I’m looking forward to the performances by international and regional stars, I think I’m most excited by the prospect of a performance by the one and only Hugh Masekela.

I have only seen Hugh Masekela perform live once before, despite the very active tour schedule he maintains. And it was just one song, at a U2 concert and, it was the highlight of that event. It is Hugh Masekela’s music that I think of first when I think of South African jazz. His big, bold sounds were my introduction to the genre and, opened up a whole new world for me. The first time I heard ‘Stimela’, it dug down deep and settled somewhere around my rib cage, before spreading to my fingers and my toes.  It told me more about South Africa than any history book and, its deep resonance has never left me.

I’m also exicted to hear from Tutu Puoane.  She leads her own quartet and is a guest vocalist for the Brussels Jazz Orchestra,  with which she recently released an album in honour of Miriam Makeba, called Mama AfricaBokani Dyer is another amazing young jazz musician who is performing at the festival that I’m eager to see…

Hugh Masekela gave me my first taste of jazz though. Like a tall, strong tree, with deep roots and many branches, his music has in some way nourished Puoane, Dyer and so many of South Africa’s young jazz musicians. It’s a sweet legacy.

All you have to do to enter the draw for the tickets is comment on this post, saying who you’re most excited to see at the 2011 Joy of Jazz festival, and why. Winners will be chosen from all the entries. You will need to collect your tickets from the South African Tourism offices in Johannesburg on 26 August.

Hugh Masekela performs on the Dinaledi Stage on Friday, August 26. He will be accompanied by Molefi Makananaise (bass), Tshepang Ramoba (drummer), Lindani Buthelezi (guitar/vocals) and Mpumi Mcata (guitar). Tutu Puoane performs with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra on the Dinaledi Stage on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27. Bokani Dyer performs at Bassline on Saturday, August 27

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