JAZZ lovers in the Chris Hani district will be treated to quality sounds as top musicians perform at the Mlungisi stadium tomorrow from noon until late.
The Jazz Festival is one of many activities lined up by the Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) as part of Heritage and Tourism Month celebrations.
In a statement the CHDM said the events were aimed at instilling a culture of domestic tourism, to mobilise the Chris Hani district across cultural and racial lines to celebrate Heritage/Tourism as one nation and at celebrating and generating awareness of the enormous contribution domestic tourism contributes to the economy and to job creation.
The events would also aim to showcase the Eastern Cape, in particular the Chris Hani district, as an exciting and affordable holiday destination and to get people to travel to the province and district more often.
The legendary Don Laka, who offers the best of South African jazz will share the stage with popular trio, The Soil. Their appearances will honour Komani’s name as ‘The Little Jazz Town’- a town which delivered jazz legends like Pat Matshikiza, Margaret Mcingana, Stompie Mavi and more.
CHDM Executive Mayor Kholiswa Vimbayo said the developmental component had been a chief aim with local jazz artists benefitting from workshops to explore their talent and to transfer business management skills.
“This resolve was followed by a Jazz summit in early April. The Summit rallied bands and discussed issues of interest and the role government can play to provide relevant platforms for local talent to thrive.”
Five bands – Women in Jazz, Youth in Jazz, the Chris Hani Jazz Legends Band, the Komani Arts Centre Band and the Chris Hani Ensemble – will be providing the local content of the festival.
She said 2017 marked the seventh year of the event which had shown tremendous growth.
“We have hosted the likes of Stimela, Jonas Gwangwa, Ringo Madlingozi, Jimmy Dludlu, Hugh Masekela, Zahara, DJ Cleo, Big Nuz, Lvovo Dirango, Phutuma etc. over the years. “
Heritage and Tourism month was celebrated throughout the district with a series of activities lined up ranging from a Cultural Day which celebrates the cultural diversity of the district through dance, food and attire; a horse racing event last week in Intsika Yethu municipality and various activities hosted by the local municipalities in the district.