Jazz at the 40th National Arts Festival #20: Ivan Mazuze

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National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa 3 – 13 July 2014

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 twentieth 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 #20:
Ivan Mazuze

Ivan Mazuze at the 2013 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz (photo by Eunice Driver)
Ivan Mazuze at the 2013 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz (photo by Eunice Driver)

Mozambiquan saxophonist, Ivan Mazuze now based in Norway, is also a classically trained pianist. He studied classical piano at the National Music School in Mozambique for seven years before joining the woodwind section of the school to take up jazz studies with a focus on improvisation. He graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology.

In 2013 Mazuze returned to South Africa to play at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, and during the same year was a contributing musical director during the International Jazz Day Festival in Oslo organized by KIM.

Mazuze’s début album Maganda is the winner of a South African Music Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album in 2010 as well as two awards in the Mozambique Music Awards (Best Jazz/Instrumental and Best Afro Jazz Album).

Ivan Mazuze performs with his own group and as a freelancer participating with artist such as: Bugge Wesseltoft, Omar Sosa, Manou Gallo, Carmen Souza and many others.

See Ivan Mazuze at DSG Hall on 10 July 2014 at 19:30 – Tickets R65

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