By CityLIfe Arts Writer
A new spectacular stage for jazz opens in Jozi this spring as Joburgers head to the Sandton City Rooftop for a new reimagined way to groove to the music.
Curated by T Musicman, the Jazz Drive-In dares to keep the jazz grooving while observing restrictions occasioned by the covid-19 pandemic.
The City Drive in concert will take place at Sandton City Rooftop asThey DRIVE IN JAZZ from Friday the 24th through Sunday the 26th of September 2021.
The music extravaganza retains the best traditions and features of South African Jazz reimagining how they are stated in a new reality. Each different night
of the has been curated to reflect the themes and musical flavour of Mzansi Jazz.
Proceedings will kick off the jamboree when South Africa celebrates Heritage Day with a masterful offering byZiza MufticBand with guest artist Khaya Mahlangu.The Croatia born and South Africa rooted vocalist will perform reimagined versions of treats from the South African songbook and her own incredible compositions.
In what is a fitting not to be missed tribute, UHADI-remembering Sibongile Khumalo, will seeaward winning vocalist, Gloria Bosman team up with some of the best instrumentalists to pay tribute to the late singer and cultural campaigner. The band includes McCoyMrubata on saxophone, trumpeter FeyaFaku, pianist Paul Hanmer, Herbie Tsoaelion bass and drummerJustin Badenhorst..
On Saturday, the spectacular will featureGENESIS OF A DIFFERENT WORLD led by saxophonist and composer, Steve Dyer alongside his son and award winning pianistBokani Dyer, David Cousinson keyboardswith tenorman, Sisonke Xonti,trumpeter Stembiso Bhengu and bassist Romy Brauteseth, Lungile Kuneneand Leagan Breda sharing the drum duty.
In a celebration of strings, Themba Mokoena’s GUITAR SUMMITwithBilly Monama, Cameron Ward, Michael Bester and Siphokazi on vocals.
Sandton rooftop Drive-in is where the festivities will come to a crescendo on the 26th with VUMA LEVIN -Standard Bank Young Artist 2021 presenting his musical vision. THROWING OF THE BONES with an all-star band lead by world acclaimed pianists Nduduzo Makhathini, Thandi Ntuli and Mark Fransmanwill be the last on the bill.
“We have dared to curate the best of class in South African jazz and improvise a way to celebrate jazz music during this difficult time. This is in keeping with the spirit of jazz and the values of our new festival and our company as organizers to find a solution to a global challenge created by the pandemic. We look to build on the legacy initiated by our founder, Peter Tladi. We believe our people will join this celebration of creative imagination and resilience” says Mantwa Chinuamdi- Mutshinya, CEO at Tmusicman.
The Spectacular drive-in tickets range from R200 per car, (limitation of 4 people per car regardless of car size) and can be booked through www.quicket.co.za Thejazz spectacular Drive-In is a predominantly cashless event where food and refreshments will be available for purchase at the event, ordered from your car and delivered to your car to limit movement). In keeping with Covid-19 regulations, The festival is an ALCOHOL FREEevent.