Category Archives: Jazz

It’s a knockout – King Kong

In 1959 musical theatre history in South Africa was made when King Kong, an “all African jazz opera”, opened at the Witwatersrand University Great Hall. The then young Nelson Mandela was in the opening night multi-racial audience.  The music and … Continue reading

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Jazz at Wits

I love seeing musicians heading into a concert hall to hear other musicians – the Wits faculty were out in droves at the recent concert by award- winning jazz pianist, Andre Petersen, one of their colleagues. The Andre Petersen Quartet … Continue reading

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Tea with Wouter Kellerman

Venue:  Cafe de la Creme, corner 4th Avenue and 7th Street, Melville.  A coffee shop and bakery that has been there for a long time, trading under the same name.  A new owner now, Frano, Telephone 079 878 3567.  They … Continue reading

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District Six launches in Johannesburg

Andreas Loven is a Norwegian jazz pianist who studied jazz in South Africa after having  completed an engineering degree in Norway. He has now returned to the country of his birth after six years in the Western Cape. He is … Continue reading

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Paul van Kessel at Joy of Jazz

The choices of who to see at the Joy of Jazz festival are always difficult. A friend and I sit together with the programme and “perve” at what we would like to see.  We both stopped at the scheduling for … Continue reading

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Amy, UK documentary

The #EuroFilmFestSA is being held from 06 t0 15 May 2016 at Cinema Noveau complexes.  The media previewed one of these movies, the UK documentary, Amy. The movie deals with the life and death of British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse.  Directed … Continue reading

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National Arts Festival Programme 2016 unveiled

Press release below: South Africa’s visionaries, mavericks and disruptors headline this year’s National Arts Festival, which runs from 30 June to 10 July in Grahamstown. The programme taps into the national mood with fierce, feisty and funny productions that both … Continue reading

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