Bossorito to jazz up the National Arts Festival stage

Local jazz artist Bossorito Sana, who is set to perform at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown on Thursday said the audience should expect a first class performance from his band.

The vocalist will be making his third appearance at the festival at the Nombulelo High School Hall at 7pm on Tomorrow.

Sana said he was summoned by the provincial Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture which recognised his music.

“It is every artist’s dream to perform at the festival because it is a chance to market our music and meet people from all over the world to build good relations with. I will be showcasing my 25 years of experience in the music industry and I am determined to let the audience know why Komani is known as the ‘Little Jazz Town’. My play list was selected to complement the sophisticated audience I will be performing for.”

His band will be performing with local jazz legend Zola Mtiya who used to be a drummer for Juluka, a popular band led by Johnny Clegg.

“I will play my jazz single called Hini Bawo, translated as Oh God which will be coming out next month. The song portrays that whenever people encounter tough challenges in their daily lives, God is always the first resort. The single will be available on digital platforms such as iTunes and I will be shooting its video soon.

“Other songs will be from my previous album such as Kuzakwaziwana which was released in 2009. I will also be performing classic hits from the late jazz legends Victor Ndlazilwane and Stompie Mavi.”

Sana added that he was currently working on a new album which will be released by Jazz Town Records and Red Revolution in November.

He pursued his music career in Johannesburg since 1991 and returned to Komani in 2013. However, he believed there was no need for him to return to the city as the digital space allowed him to secure gigs from across the country with a click of a finger.

He indicated that gigs were seasonal and musicians were sustained by airplay royalties and record sales. He was a South African Music Rights Organisation ( SAMRO) member which collects royalties for artists.

“The challenge is that musicians do not empower themselves with financial management skills to be able to manage the money they make seasonally. I also advise artists to look for other platforms to sustain them, apart from gigs which can be scarce, especially in winter. I am currently planning to open a Jazz Restaurant in Komani.”

Sana’s upcoming gigs after the festival will be at the Guild Theatre in East London and at the Opera House in Port Elizabeth.

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