This year 2014 sees the National Arts Festival celebrating its 40th anniversary. As usual the National Arts Festival includes the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival, in JazzE’s opinion, the only pure jazz festival in the South Africa. Today we publish the thirteenth in our series of 38 articles on the acts that you can see as part of this annual jazz festival.
Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival Artist Profile #13:
Singstruments: A Symphony of Jazz
This performance celebrates 30 years of Standard Bank Young Artists by bringing five former winners of the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz together in one performance.
Tutu Puoane (2004 winner) toured New York with the South African National Youth Big Band of 1999. This National Youth Big Band is selected during the course of the National Youth Jazz Festival each year. Puoane is based in Belgium and is a guest vocalist for the great Brussels Jazz Orchestra. Late 2013 deFilharmonie (Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra) released an album ‘Live at De Roma’ featuring Tutu Puoane and trumpeter Bert Joris.
Gloria Bosman (2000 winner) who began her singing career in a church choir, and in 1993 was awarded a scholarship to study opera at Pretoria Technikon. She has sung for former state presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. Bosman has released an impressive array of albums over the years and performed twice at last year’s National Arts Festival.
Sibongile Khumalo (1993 winner) studied violin, singing, drama and dance under the guidance of her father, professor of music, Khabi Mngoma. Khumalo was the first person to sing the title role of Princess Magogo in the first African opera Princess Magogo ka Dinuzulu. Since 2007 Sibongile Khumalo has been awarded four honorary doctorates from Rhodes University as well as the Universities of Zululand and South Africa.
Melanie Scholtz (2010 winner) is an award winning composer and jazz singer. She has been involved in the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown as both performer and teacher. Scholtz has also performed with Bobby McFerrin and Kurt Elling.
These four vocal talents will be supported by Bokani Dyer (2011 winner) on piano, with some vocal arrangements by Themba Mkhize. Dyer graduated from the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) first class in June 2008. Bokani Dyer is also winner of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition in 2013.
See Singstruments: A Symphony of Jazz at DSG Hall on:
11 July at 17:00 & 12 July at 17:00
Tickets are R100