Share this article

Wynton Marsalis headlines the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, leading a diverse line-up of local and international musicians who will perform on seven stages.
THIS year’s Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival in Newton promises some sizzling entertainment, with a line-up comprising well-known international and local artists.

Jazz legend Jonas Gwangwa and executive mayor Mpho Parks Tau Jazz legend Jonas Gwangwa and executive mayor Mpho Parks Tau (Photo: Yolanda van der Stoep)The festival bill was announced at a media briefing at Turbine Hall on 8 June. Executive Mayor Parks Tau and the event’s producer, Peter Tladi, were at the briefing, as were some of the musicians.
Running from 25 to 27 August, Joy of Jazz will feature some heavyweights of the South African music industry, along with some international musicians.

Performances will be held on seven stages – the Conga, Dinaledi and Mbira stages; Bassline; Sophiatown; Shikisha; and Nikki’s Oasis.

Local artists in the line-up include the legendary Hugh Masekela; the renowned Sibongile Khumalo; the Ndiyagodola hit maker, Madlingozi; Ndi Ready singer Simphiwe Dana; African Jazz Pioneers; Gauteng Jazz Orchestra; Julius Schultz; Kwela Tebza; Mango Groove; McCoy Mrubata; Tu Nokwe; Tutu Puoane; and Victor Ntoni.

International artists are Bokani Dyer from neighbouring Botswana; Zimbabwean Oliver Mtukudzi; Nigerian Olufemi; Belgium’s Brussels Jazz Orchestra; and HGM Jazz Messengers from Croatia. Representing the United States are the multi-award winning Marsalis, Frank McComb, Jeff Lorber, McCoy Tyner, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gerald Veasly and Alexander O’Neal.

O’Neal is an RnB singer, known for several songs on the Top 20 RnB Singles Chart, such as Fake, Criticize, Saturday Love and Never Knew Love Like This.
Brazilian Tania Maria adds to the multi-national mix of the festival.

Sibongile KLhumalo and Victor Ntoni (Photo: Yolanda van der Stoep) Sibongile Khumalo and Victor Ntoni (Photo: Yolanda van der Stoep)Tau commended Joy of Jazz for attracting visitors to the city. “As the economic hub of South Africa, Joburg wants to attract people to our city to make a contribution to the economic growth of our country.
“Through the years, Joy of Jazz has become known for its ability to bring out some of the world’s top performers,” he said, “and this year will be no exception, with Wynton Marsalis as your headline attraction. I think all music lovers are looking forward to listening to the only artist ever to have won five Grammy awards in consecutive years.”

African flavour
The festival had “a distinctly African flavour”, he added.

“Through the years it has built this unique identity by showcasing the wonderful talents of our local jazz greats together with up-and-coming artists from the African diaspora. Many of our current popular artists had their first performances in front of big audiences at the Joy of Jazz and I am convinced that this year’s event will again unearth some exciting new talent.”

The Joy of Jazz festival is back in Jozi from 25 to 27 August. Watch a video of the announcement of performers.  
Day one of Joy of Jazz will be held at Emperor’s Palace, where the nine-time Grammy award winning Marsalis will perform. Gauteng Jazz Orchestra featuring the African Soul Sisters will also perform on the day.

Tladi said the Conga Stage would be purpose built between Bassline and Newtown’s Turbine Hall. It was introduced because of the popularity of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz – the festival was a sell out in 2010, and the Conga Stage was to be built to accommodate increasing audience numbers.

Ringo MadlingoziRingo is looking forward to entertaining his fansAt the Dinaledi Stage, mega stars such as Marsalis and Masekela will perform, as well as Khumalo and others. The Mbira Stage will be for a more soulful sound, with RnB and vocals. Here, the likes of Madlingozi, Dana, Schultz and others will do their thing.
Madlingozi, who is happy to be included in the 12th annual Joy of Jazz, was looking forward to his performance. “The festival will be on another level, and I can’t wait to share my music, that carries love unity and togetherness, with my fans,” he said.

At the Bassline, expect the likes of Dyer, Veasly and Ntoni. There will be free concerts at the other three venues – Sophiatown, Shikisha and Nikki’s Oasis.

Nearby Market Theatre will not be excluded. It will be featuring Jonas Mosa Gwangwa as an instrumentalist, composer, arranger and musical director. Gwangwa occupies a leading place in South Africa’s pantheon of jazz luminaries.

The staging of Joy of Jazz in Newtown has played an integral part in the regeneration of the inner city, says the festival’s website. It has helped to shape the future of Johannesburg, and has contributed to the city's changing creative and cultural landscape.

The festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, the City of Johannesburg and the Department of Arts and Culture. Tickets are available at Computicket and range in price from R500 to R900.

Show times are 6.30pm till past midnight.

Related articles:

Hot line-up at Market
Young music talent on stage
Dancing on to Soweto stage
The boys are back in town
Journeying into the arts
Stimela proves its staying power
Joburg: arts, culture and heritage