SNAPS | Inside night two of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz

01 October 2023 - 16:03
By Constance Gaanakgomo
Nduduzo Makhathini performs at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
Image: Veli Nhlapo Nduduzo Makhathini performs at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Night two of the 24th Standard Bank Joy of Jazz on Saturday wrapped up with festival goers singing along to songs from the musicians who graced the stage. 

If this year you missed out on the jazz festival make sure next year you don't give it a miss. The past two days were an amazing and unforgettable experience as the festival highlights the gifted musicians that we have in Mzansi and abroad.

The stages were filled with echoes and loud cheers and we all felt the jazz everywhere. There's just something about South African audiences. They walk the journey with the performers on stage.. With four stages the audience was spoilt for choice. 

Kicking things of at Mbira stage was singer and songwriter Langa Mavuso who started his performance with the well loved song Intliziyo. This got the audience singing along. Langa also did not forget to include his audience when he sang some of his songs. 

He got down from the stage to interact with the audience. The women definitely enjoyed the star's attention. 

Max Hoba gave an electrifying performance in tribute to the legendary Jabu Khanyile. Effortlessly delivering songs we haven't heard in a while on the airwaves and adding his signature touch to the delivery of these songs made it all the more enjoyable. 

Buhlebendalo joined him on stage embracing us with Xhosa echoes of Ngihawukele Thonga Lami.

Max Hoba performs at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Photo Veli Nhlapo
Image: Veli Nhlapo Max Hoba performs at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Photo Veli Nhlapo

The moments that stood out were the tribute performances, paying homage to musicians whose music has paved the way for young musicians to take over the baton of sharing spiritual music that heals with audiences. 

The legacy of jazz did not die with them, but lives on with those who carry on making music. 

Simphiwe Dana looked angelic in her white dress accompanied with a voice just as angelic, opening her performance with the timeless Thina sizwe

Acclaimed singer Simphiwe Dana performs during the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert, at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa, September 30, 2023. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Image: SIPHIWE SIBEKO Acclaimed singer Simphiwe Dana performs during the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert, at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa, September 30, 2023. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Closing off at the Dinaledi stage was legendary pianist Nduduzo Makhathini with Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, bassist Zwelakhe-Duma, Bell Le Pere and Omagugu Makhathini.

The pianist tried to keep to the tradition of pausing in between performances to narrate inspirations for the songs like most musicians would do on stage but he said there was no need for language in spaces where silence was required for us to embrace sacredness, a time and moment when our souls connect as audiences.

“The ways we've been trying to deal with the sound is to be respectful enough to the sound, not to say anything about it, but this raises a lot of concern too in a sense that if this sound belongs to a realm of what we can call the 'sacredness' what are the codes to access that. At the very least we should have access to the unspeakable,” he said. 

Also performing on Dinaledi stage were Titi Luzipho, McCoy Mrubata and Brasskap, Andreas Vollenweider .

Other performances on the night were :

Conga Stage 

The Hugh Masekela Band

The Alexander Beets Quintet

Billy Monama 

Robert Glasper

Mbira stage 

Langa Mavuso 

Max Hoba 

Simphiwe Dana 

Samthing Soweto 

Lounge Jazz

Kutu

Breakfast at Khujos

DJ Castro

DJ Kenzhero Experience 

Samthing Soweto performs during the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert, at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa, September 30, 2023. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Image: SIPHIWE SIBEKO SAFRICA-MUSIC Samthing Soweto performs during the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert, at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa, September 30, 2023. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
South African jazz saxophonist McCoy Mrubata performs during the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert, at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa, September 30, 2023. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Image: SIPHIWE SIBEKO South African jazz saxophonist McCoy Mrubata performs during the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert, at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa, September 30, 2023. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Acclaimed singer Zoe Modiga performs during the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert, at the Sandton Convention centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa, September 30, 2023. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Image: SIPHIWE SIBEKO Acclaimed singer Zoe Modiga performs during the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert, at the Sandton Convention centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa, September 30, 2023. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Titi Luzipo performs at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Photo Veli Nhlapo
Image: Veli Nhlapo Titi Luzipo performs at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Photo Veli Nhlapo
Andreas Vollenweider performs at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Photo Veli Nhlapo
Image: Veli Nhlapo Andreas Vollenweider performs at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Photo Veli Nhlapo
Robert Glasper performs at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Photo Veli Nhlapo
Image: Veli Nhlapo Robert Glasper performs at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Photo Veli Nhlapo
Langa Mavuso performs at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
Image: Veli Nhlapo Langa Mavuso performs at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz concert at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.