Johannesburg – Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu have been confirmed as performers at Jozi Jazz on the national women’s day, 9 August 2014. The event will take place at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena in celebrating Women’s Month.
The couple will be joined by the capella group, The Soil.
“The first Jozi Jazz show aims to celebrate the emancipation of women in the country and celebrates how far we have come as South Africans, not only politically but also through music,” said show co-ordinator Nonhle Thema of Olusha communications.
Semenya is one of South Africa’s foremost musical directors and composers. Most recently heard on the soundtrack of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Semenya’s feature film credits include an Oscar nomination for African music for the Steven Spielberg-directed Colour Purple.
His compositions have been performed by overseas giants like Cannonball Adderley, Harry Belafonte, The Crusaders, Lou Rawls, and Nina Simone, amongst others. It is impossible to mention world jazz greats without mentioning this legend.
The audience is in for an unusual musical treat as Letta Mbulu joins her husband on stage. Letta Mbulu or ‘Ma Letta Mbulu’ as she is affectionately known by her fans across the globe holds her own in the world of music.
Having worked with the likes of Cannonball Adderley, David Axelrod and Harry Belafonte and most notably providing the Swahili chant in Michael Jackson’s single, “Liberian Girl”, Letta Mbulu can best be described as Africa’s mother of “cross-over” and “versatility” with her velvety voice heard in the soundtracks of Roots, The Colour Purple, and the 1973 film A Warm December.
“It’s no exaggeration to call Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu South African music royalty. When these two legends perform separately they manage to ‘wow’ any crowd, anywhere in the world. We will now witness them sharing the stage which is something they hardly ever do,” said show coordinator, Olusha events and communications’ Nonhle Chamane.
Offering a vibrant, energetic and youthful feel to the show will be the SATMA award winning acapella group, “The Soil” whose music can best be described as ‘Kasi Soul’ which is an eclectic mix of musical genres such as jazz, hip hop, Afro-pop and Afro-soul).
With a platinum debut album which includes hits like ‘Inkomo’, ‘Sunday’ and the popular sing along ‘We are family’, the audience will certainly be left in high spirits.
Olusha has certainly scored a coup with the line-up for the first Jozi Jazz show and Chamane has more up her sleeve. Jozi Jazz will thrill Johannesburg, securing distinctive and revered musicians from different walks of life.
“We’ll be bringing the distinctive sound of the city to discerning jazz fans through a series of must-see music events. We’d like to promote and develop a live music audience within the city of Johannesburg, offering very special concert presentations in the city’s finest spaces that bridge the gap between the “mature” jazz and the “new” jazz,” said Chamane.
“I am so excited about this show. The line-up is a true reflection of how diverse we are as South African people and it highlights the journey of our young democracy through music.”