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IN PICS | SA musos shine at the Joy of Jazz

Buhlebendalo Mda came in after Ami Faku with an all-female band and dazzled attendees by opening her performance by burning imphepho and lighting a white candle. With Aus Tebza on bass, the girls killed it, ending off on a high note with Brenda Fassie’s, Too Late for Mama. 

Five-time Grammy award-winning artist Robert Glasper came on stage with his band and presented what he is known for.  He was welcomed on stage with screams, with people showing excitement.  Izinkabi Zezwe Reframed featuring Ndabo Zulu and Linda Sikhakhane on horn presented a unique concept at Mbira stage.

On Saturday, the music continues with the likes of Zoe Modiga, Nduduzo Makhathini Trio, Hugh Masekela Band, Langa Mavuso and Samething Soweto, Robert Glasper and many more.

Vollenweider filled the Dinaledi to the brim with some people standing while others elected to sit on the floor and enjoy his music. Vollenweider came on stage and did not disappoint, as he featured South African talent that included Ayanda Nhlangothi, Vusi Nhlapo and Vuyo Tshuma on vocals. 

The singer who spoke to Sowetanlive just before his performance said: “It is wonderful to be back again in SA. What is great about being here is that my motto in life is joy of life and I am performing at Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. In other words, I am here to enjoy the joy of life. I am looking forward to share my life and my experiences through music with people of South Africa.” 

About the young people that he performed with, the legend said: “I play with [a] wonderful band, and I have been playing with them for over 10 years. For our performance, we will collaborate with talented artists like Ayanda, Vusi and Vuyo who are amazing.”