Dream Jazz Concert Line-up
As has become a Kaya FM tradition over the years, we’re off to the Cape Town International Jazz festival. Beyond the experience of being in a different city and staying in one of the best hotels in the country, we’re looking forward to sharing the incredible line-up of artists with the Kaya FM listeners who’ve decided to join us for the 2017 Kaya FM CTIJF Listener Tour. Previously, we’ve share a list of artists whose performances you simply must catch this weekend. Today, we’re sharing a dream jazz line-up of a different kind.
Back in Jazzuary, we had an illuminating conversation with our jazz masters, Brenda Sisane and, our managing director, Greg Maloka. The conversation covered everything form the importance of Jazzuary to how they each came to jazz. During that conversation, Brenda Sisane had the dreamiest line-up for her time-bending jazz concert. The Brenda Sisane Big Band is something we all would enjoy immensely:
“I would build my band around a visionary artist and [recruit] people who could respond to that vision. One of the most complex people I know as a composer is Bheki Mseleku. I would have Bheki Mseleku or Zim [Ngqawana] be given a group of young musicians they could push to the limit: Herby Tsoaeli, Mandla Mlangeni, Tumi Mogorosi, Ayanda Sikade, Nduduzo Makhathini, Siya Makuzeni, Lindiwe Magxolo.
These young guns have got it. I would have a problem choosing. The ones that are pushing boundaries right now, a master like Mseleku would bring out the best in them. Sibongile Khumalo’s voice transcends genres.”
With the Brenda Sisane Big Band in mind, we asked four people in tune with the culture scene to share their dream jazz concerts line-ups. We asked each of them three questions: the line-up, the venue and the opening acts/songs. As we go into one of the most important dates on the jazz calendar, enjoy these hypothetical concerts and feel free to share yours.
Bridget Masinga, host of Late Nights with Bridget
“[I would have] the greats Wynton Marsalis and Hugh Masekela to accompany the explosive and hunting sounds of Simphiwe Dana and Buika. Both ladies’ sounds would force the legends to engage with music in a completely different manner that is removed from their jazzy blues roots.[My venue would be] the Blues Room in New Orleans – the city is the perfect backdrop for such an eclectic world collaboration.
Simphiwe’s Mayine with Wynston on the pipes and Buika’s Cidade do amor with Bra Hugh. The ladies’ vocals, respectfully, on these tracks are both haunting and colourful, strip them down and add some jazzy elements to it = power.”
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Mohale Mashigo, Author of The Yearning
“These are people I can listen to all day and I know they sound great live. Liz Wright, Jamie Cullum, Letta Mbulu, Moneoa, Thandiswa Mazwai. I know all of them are not jazz vocalists but they make magic with their voices.
I would host it somewhere in Soweto (probably Orlando Stadium). I’m biased because I grew up there and know that some of this country’s biggest stars have performed there. The energy would be incredible.
Opening Song would be Letta Mbulu “There is Music in the Air” because it is a gorgeous song and I can imagine people singing along from the first song right until the last. [My] song would be Brenda Fassie’s Weekend Special. Would it be an epic festival if we didn’t let Brenda Fassie bless us?”
Kojo Baffoe, host of Life with Kojo Baffoe
“[My line-up would be] Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Esperanza Spalding, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Stanley Clarke and Meshell Ndegeocello somewhere intimate, like the Venue in Melrose, or a Nirox Sculpture Park.[The concert would open with] Stanley Clarke’s Boyz In The Hood theme[closed with] Gregory Porter’s Day Dream”
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Tshepo Mabaso, project manager of It Has to Be Jazz, a project wholly dedicated to “uncovering untapped young jazz talent”
“Bassist, Bongani Nkosinathi Ncube, pianists Sankie Motsei and Nkosinathi Mathunjwa, drummer Lungile Kunene, multi-instrumentalists Malcolm Xorile Jiyane, Kegorogile Makgatle and Ayanda Zalekile, saxophonist Linda Sikhakane, upright bassists Viwe Mkizwana and Sibongile Buda.
Joburg City Hall [for the venue]. The acoustics are amazing and the backdrop would just be something else when I get my hands on the venue. I’m actually working on an event in September for It Has To Be Jazz and I’m hoping to host it at Johannesburg City Hall.
I would get Bongani Nkosinathi Ncube on bass, Kegorogile Makgatle one trumpet, Nkosinathi Mathunjwa on keys, Ayanda Zalekile on guitar and Malcolm Jiyane on drums just see what happens for the first and last song in true it has to be jazz style.
They all have their own unique approach to how they play their instruments and the combination of them together just might make me cry from either joy or overwhelming energy coming from the performance.”