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Standard Bank Joy Of Jazz 2024 Lineup revealed

The much-anticipated Standard Bank Joy of Jazz (SBJOJ) returns for its 2024 edition, promising an unforgettable experience on the 27th and 28th of September at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. This year’s lineup features an impressive array of international and local jazz talents, ensuring a celebration of music that jazz enthusiasts won’t want to miss.

Trumpet Titans and Piano Virtuosos

Leading the stellar lineup is the Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti, who will share the stage with other trumpet giants such as UK-based producer and hornsman Matthew Halsall and South Africa’s own immaculate Feya Faku. Adding to the trumpet prowess is the current jazz category Standard Bank Young Artist (SBYA) awardee, trumpeter Daren English, who will perform alongside virtuoso pianist Kenny Banks Jr. from the USA. Another unmissable performance will come from the Chucho Valdés Royal Quartet, led by the Cuban elder statesman of jazz piano, Chucho Valdés, whose career spans over 50 years.

Celebrating Vocalists and Bassists

The SBYA alumni and song stylist Sibongile Mngoma, whose career straddles both jazz and classical music, will grace the stage along with the amazing bassist and composer Victor Masondo, promising to bring magic to the event.

International Collaborations and Local Stars

The Conga Stage will feature a rare ‘Japan meets South Africa’ collaboration with pianist Keiko Matsui performing alongside guest artist Nokukhanya Dlamini. Rising visionary composer and pianist Sibusiso Mashiloane will present his latest project, “Izibongo,” while the prodigiously gifted composer and vocalist Mandisi Dyantyis will return to serenade fans with his blend of roots and jazz songs. The joyous steel band from Trinidad and Tobago, Siparia Deltones, will present music collaborated and recorded with the late great Hugh Masekela. South African jazz vocalist Tutu Puoane, whose career boasts a global reach, will also join the celebration of SBJOJ’s quarter-century milestone.

African Rhythms and Global Sounds

The Mbira Stage will feature a tribute to Oliver Mtukudzi, showcasing performances by Samantha Mtukudzi (ZIM), Maduvha Madima (SA), the Princess of Africa Yvonne Chaka Chaka (SA), and Mbeu (ZIM). Joe Nina will collaborate with the South African Air Force Band for a magical journey of personal and creative revival. The ever-loved songstress Maleh (Lesotho/SA) returns by popular demand.

Iconic Performances and New Projects

The iconic singer-songwriter Thandiswa Mazwai, once lauded by Hugh Masekela as the “voice of our generation,” will present her new project Sankofa, alongside the Senegalese band that originally recorded the music. More South African musical excellence will be served by MiCasa, Vusi Nova, and Mafikizolo (SA), while the youthful revolutionary spirit of South African protest hymns will be embodied by Iphupho L’ka Biko (SA). Prophetic voice Bongiziwe Mabandla (SA) and legend Ihashi Elimhlope will also set the stage on fire.

Jazz Meets Electronica

For those who enjoy a blend of jazz and electronic music, the Lounge Stage will feature Groove Street presented by Lulo Café (SA). The Artivist will present Black Love hosted by Just Themba (SA), and the evolving music movement What is Wrong with Grooving will be showcased by DJ Kenzhero, Nothemba Madumo, and Tha Muzik (SA).

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