Music star Yvonne Chaka-chaka

Joy of Jazz honours acclaimed artists

Sanet Oberholzer

Last Saturday the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival honoured 11 of SA’s biggest stars for their contribution to the jazz music scene at the Sandton Convention Centre.

  The event was hosted by popular radio jock Lupi Ngcayisa.

  Yvonne Chaka Chaka was awarded as this year’s Humanitarian Honoree, in recognition of her philanthropic work across the continent. Visual artist Sam Nhlengethwa got recognised for his striking imageries and ground-breaking style, while Kaya FM managing director Greg Maloka was honoured for his promotion of jazz music.

  The producer of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Mantwa Chinoamadi said this was an opportunity to once again celebrate individuals who have left an indelible mark in the industry, and made a difference in the arts. “These are trailblazers who set new standards for others to follow; and who leave a legacy in our evolving democracy. Established names and newer ones are being recognised for their talent and innovation and sheer dedication to the arts,” Chinoamadi said.

  Also honoured was Market Theatre arts director James Ngcobo; who was recognised for his work in uplifting the standard of local theatre. Another was entertainment photographer Sphiwe Mhlambi for his contribution in capturing the magic during jazz performances.

  The evening was part of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival which invites jazz lovers to enjoy a range of musical genres across three days.

  The festival will take place from 26 – 28 September at the Sandton Convention Centre.

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