International Jazz Day movement launches in SA


The Market Theatre is proud to be a partner of International Jazz Day South Africa, an initiative to establish South African and Continental Chapters of this global event that draws on the power of jazz to foster unity.

International Jazz Day - 30 April
International Jazz Day – 30 April

Every year on April 30, jazz is harnessed to promote peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, respect for human dignity, freedom of expression, gender equality and to reinforce the role of youth in enacting social change.

Now the Market Theatre is supporting the establishment of a South African Chapter of International Jazz Day (IJD) in an initiative by the SPIN Foundation led by its Chairperson Motsumi Makhene and Executive Director Brenda Sisane.

International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication. [GARD]

SPIN Foundation recognises the power of music and jazz in particular to foster unity and honour humanity. To spread the message further, it approached the Market Theatre to partner in establishing South African and Pan African chapters of this laudable initiative. The Market Theatre has put its weight behind this project to encourage bold and robust engagement and propel South African jazz towards its rightful place as an international player with its own luminaries.

Hugh Masekela delivers a stirring rendition of his composition "Stimela (The Coal Train)" at the 2013 Global Concert
Hugh Masekela delivers a stirring rendition of his composition “Stimela (The Coal Train)” at the 2013 Global Concert.
Picture courtesy International Jazz Day

South African trumpet and music icon Dr Hugh Masekela is a worldwide ambassador of International Jazz Day and patron of International Jazz Day South Africa.

After 20 years of building a democracy and at a time when social cohesion and economic recovery is a high priority, IJD gives South Africa an opportunity to view the arts as a national asset and use ‘jazz diplomacy’ as a force for peace and justice. This initiative hopes that South Africa’s unique brand of jazz can become a catalyst for national reconstruction, cultural diversity and economic prosperity.

For this inaugural year, the City of Johannesburg is creating platforms for fans and practitioners in the city to participate. Literature promoters The Write Associates are adding support by launching a Tswhane programme at the State Theatre, while the University of South Africa and Wits University have also welcomed the initiative.


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