NOT to be or never easily forgotten performances are something of a speciality, a nine out of ten possibility where Sibongile Khumalo is concerned.
Many lasting impressions have been created at her performances over the years, but one that probably stands head and shoulder above most is an intimate (for a hand-picked-per-invite-only audience) gig staged to mark her 50th birthday in 2007. From the performance came an album and DVD titled; Sibongile Khumalo Live/ a Golden Vision Manifest. The recording stand as witness and is available, for sale, to concur with those that swear Khumalo is such a divine artists who when she’s is in a perfect space you can only watch, listen and weep to her presentation.
A song that particularly leave a much longer impression from the recording is her co-composition with Mthunzi Namba titled Little Girl. On the live recording Khumalo features Shanon Mowday who complements her diaphanous and fluid lyricism with passionate and spirited sax playing that could make self-respecting saxophonists wish they were the one’s fidling with the instrument in the exceptional manner she does on the song.
“Shanon is one of those committed to arts. She is gifted, precise, she is just a beautiful musician,” Khumalo once told MusikMag in an interview.
Those expecting nothing but the finest from yet another performance to celebrate Khumalo’s birthday cannot be faulted. Music show producers T-Musicman have sweet-talked the gifted vocalist into commemorating the day she came to earth (before the actual date) through the Road to The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz promotional gigs. While Khumalo was born on September 24, fifty six-years ago; her celebratory performance is on September 20 from 7.30pm at the Teatro at Montecasino, Fourways.
Her guests’ performers on the evening include Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Mimi Mtshali and Kabomo Vilakazi. “I would love for Sipho to do something for me, nothing too hectic but a re-arrangement of a song,” said Khumalo in a casual chat. It should be interesting to experience the contribution and or the collaborations between Khumalo and the young and talented Kabomo and Mimi.
Additionally, Khumalo is part of a Standard Bank Joy of Jazz opening collaborative performance that includes Gloria Bosman, Melanie Scholtz and Tutu Puoane on September 25 at the Sandton Convention Centre. Also performing on the night are Ann Hampton Callaway, Dianne Reeves and Gregory Porter.
A presentation that is themed Sounds of Democracy is among performances to be staged at the Joy of Jazz’s Mbira Stage on September 26 and 27 Directed by Alexix Faku; it will see Bo Manamela, Brian Temba, Malik, Max-Hoba, Presss and Samthing Soweto doing their own interpretation of some fantastic South African songs like Not Yet Uhuru (Letta Mbulu); Jikela Emaweni (Miriam Makeba); I Got You Babe (Lucky Dube); Life Saver (Ozila featuring Nana Motijoane); Baby I’m Missing You (Blondie Makhene) and Now Or Never (Sankomota).
Other quality South Africa acts adding value to the 2014 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz are Feya Faku, the Mike Rossi Project, Herbie Tsoaeli, Carlos Mombelli, Shane Cooper, Kyle Shepherd.
The 26th and 27th of September sees the Joy of Jazz featuring Delfeayo Marsalis, Jonas Gwangwa, Richard Bona, Roy Hargrove, Omar Sosa and Christian Scott.
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from September 25 to 27.
Audiences can buy tickets providing access to all four stages – Dinaledi, Conga, Mbira and Diphala. Tickets for the opening night are hospitality exclusive only and can be bought from SBS Events and Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. The price includes event-ticket, sit-down three-course dinner, beverages and a Standard Bank Joy of Jazz gift package. Ticket are on sale at Computicket with a one-day pass going for R750 and a two-day pass is R12
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is produced by T-Musicman and brought to audience by Standard Bank in association with the Department of Arts & Culture; the City of Joburg, Gauteng Province and South African Tourism.