With just a few weeks left until Johannesburg’s biggest jazz festival, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, hits the Sandton CBD, Standard Bank together with 702 are bringing the excitement to listeners with a weekly live unplugged session with some of the top artists on the line-up.
Every Friday afternoon, over the next five weeks, from Friday 28 August, between 17:40 and 18:00 listeners will be able to break from serious talk and enjoy live jazz with some of South Africa’s greatest jazz performers on the 702 Unplugged Sessions with Xolani Gwala.
Kicking off the series this Friday is celebrated saxophonist Steve Dyer. Some of the other musicians lined up for the unplugged sessions are, Pops Mohamed, Wanda Baloyi and Nduduzo Makhathini. The 702 Unplugged Sessions will also be streamed live on the 702 app as well as on the website: http://www.702.co.za/
Commented Jenny Pheiffer from Standard Bank, “Jazz is of course best experienced live and we’re proud to be able to bring some of the finest musicians live to audiences on radio in unplugged form.”
702 UNPLUGGED SESSION ARTIST LINE-UP
Friday, 28 August – Steve Dyer
Steve Dyer is an award winning saxophonist who has produced 5 of Oliver Mtukudzi’s albums, and has directed the Soweto String Quartet live performance which toured Europe and Australia/ New Zealand.
Steve is currently composing for different sound colours and palettes: orchestra, wind ensembles with voice and rhythm section, marimbas, string quartets and more. In addition to playing wiith his quartet, he runs the Dyertribe recording facility and spearheads various musical and creative projects.
Friday, 4 September – Pops Mohamed
Pops Mohamed is a multi-instrumentalist, an acknowledged music educator, musician and storyteller. This player of many instruments was known in the 70s and 80s for playing township music, soul, funk and jazz on the guitar and keyboard before turning to traditional South African music and instruments. In the 90s he began recording the music of South African bushmen and integrating it into various projects ranging from jazz and funk to drum ‘n’ bass and trance.
Friday, 11 September – Wanda Baloyi
Wanda Baloyi burst into the industry as lead singer for the all-girl group, Ghetto Luv. In 2001, she went on to collaborate with Thembi Seete from the well-known group Boom Shaka on a track called “Sure Ntombazana” for the hit series Yizi Yizo 2 sound track CD. She was then offered an opportunity to record her first solo project Voices in 2003 produced by SAMA Award winner, guitar maestro Jimmy Dludlu. The resulting Voices landed her a KORA Award for Best African Arrangement 2004 along with two SAMA nominations and a Channel O music video nomination 2005 and 2006.
Friday, 25 September – Nduduzo Makhathini
Nduduzo Makhathini is the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year. He has worked with most jazz luminaries including Andile Yanana, Herbie Tsoaeli, Busi Mhlongo, Madala Kunene, Kesivan Naidoo, Sidney Mavundla, Ayanda Sikade, Omagugu, Jimmy Dludlu, Thandiswa Mazwai, Feya Feku, Salim Washington, Carlo Mombelli, Jonathan Crossley, Adam Glasser, McCoy Mrubata, Mthunzi Mvubu and Malcolm Jiyane and produced albums for Xolani Sithole, Mbuso Khoza, Lindiwe Maxolo, Tumi Mogorosi and Sisa Sophazi. He has performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Jazz in the Cradle at Nirox, The Lagos Jazz Series in Nigeria and Ljubljana Jazz Festival in Europe.
Please visit the Standard Bank website for further information: www.standardbankarts.co.za