Jozi for jazz lovers
Music is such an integral part of our culture and who we are, so we are pleased to share our diversity, creativity and heritage with the rest of the world. - Sugen Pillay, Global Manager: Events, South African Tourism
The city of Johannesburg is gearing up for the annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz music festival.
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival is taking place from 25 to 27 August, and the city of Johannesburg – or Jozi, as locals refer to it – is ready and waiting to welcome jazz fundis from across the country and the world.
South African Tourism is once again supporting the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz this year so as to promote the country as a lifestyle destination to its international and in particular its African markets. “South African Tourism is excited to be supporting the 2011 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, as an extension of our efforts to highlight Johannesburg’s standing as a music capital. A number of travellers from our African markets will be in attendance at this year’s event, including Nigeria, Kenya and Angola,” says Sugen Pillay, Global Manager: Events at South African Tourism.
“Music is such an integral part of our culture and who we are, so we are pleased to share our diversity, creativity and heritage with the rest of the world,” he says.
Pillay adds that the Joy of Jazz also presents an opportunity for South Africa to showcase its arts and culture offering, and shine the spotlight on Africa’s greatest and most cosmopolitan city.
This year's line-up is spectacular, with an exciting mix of local and international talent that includes the likes of Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner and Dee Dee Bridgwater (America), Tania Maria (Brazil), the Brussels Jazz Orchestra (Belgium), the HGM Jazz Messengers (Croatia) and Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe). Joining them will be a host of our very own jazz legends, including Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, the African Jazz Pioneers and Simphiwe Dana,Tu Nokwe.
The event kicks off at Emperor's Palace on Thursday 25 August with Wynton Marsalis, one of the world's greatest living jazz musicians. The Joy of Jazz festival then moves to the funky Newtown Cultural Precinct on 26 and 27 August where seven stages have been specially built for the event. The Newtown venues are the Conga Stage which is the brand new main stage featuring upbeat jazz and world music, Dinaledi stage, Mbira Stage, Bassline, Sophiatown, Shikisha and Nikki’s Oasis.
The city is going to pull out all the stops to celebrate the Joy of Jazz festival, welcoming visitors to the sights and sounds of Jozi, from street poetry at the Horror Café and a spot of culture at Museum Africa, to cocktails in Parkhurst and a show at The Market Theatre.
“The Joy of Jazz is one of our biggest signature events in the province. It has demonstrated increasingly over the years a positive impact on tourism and the local economy. Over the years the festival has increasingly demonstrated its economic benefit and has assisted in increasing our profile and attractiveness to domestic and international visitors. The event also provides us with a unique opportunity to showcase our province whilst also providing a platform for music industry and business promotion,” says Dawn Robertson, CEO of Gauteng Tourism Authority.
“Gauteng Tourism is committed to ensuring that Gauteng grows as a major event destination. The Gauteng Events Strategy is currently being developed to provide a framework and resources to assist with increasing visitation, length of stay and the level of visitor satisfaction with events throughout the province” continues Robertson.
For further information contact:
Jermaine Craig at South African Tourism
Tel: +27 11 895 3000 or 083 2010 121
Inquiries at Ireland/Davenport can be directed to:
Allison MacDonald at Ireland Davenport
Tel: +27 11 463 2252 or 082 771 2541.
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South African Tourism is the national tourism agency responsible for the marketing of South Africa as a preferred tourist destination. It is headed up by Chief Executive Officer, Ms Thandiwe January-McLean, Chief Operating Officer Mr Timothy Scholtz and Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Roshene Singh.