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New York Round Midnight Orchestra and Nairobi Horns for Standard Bank Joy of Jazz

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Cultural Exchange Programme is an integral part of the annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz in which South African artists perform at international festivals and in a reciprocal deal overseas acts play in South Africa.

This initiative, which has been successfully implemented over the last few years, recently saw Thandi Ntuli perform at the Amersfoort Jazz Festival in the Netherlands.

Now, T-Musicman, producers of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, is proud to announce that as part of the cultural exchange programme South Africa will be hosting the New York Round Midnight Orchestra, with Izaline Calista, and the Nairobi Horns at this year’s Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival from September 27, 28 and 29 at the Sandton Convention Centre. South Africa will be represented at the Safaricom Jazz Festival next year in Kenya, as part of this exchange programme.

Mantwa Chinoamadi, Festival Producer, says: “Jazz music falls within a unique genre, it appeals to both the young and the old. It is the kind of music that is felt and cannot be ignored. The cultural exchange program is an exciting element which allows for exposure of our artists to different intercontinental and international festival crowds, and same for the international artists that get to perform to multitudes of jazz lovers that descend to South Africa’s economic hub to live the music and feel the jazz at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival. It also serves to strengthen relationships and live to our truth of impacting the socio-economic benefit of this country.”

The Nairobi Horns Project (NHP) is a Kenyan collective of musicians committed to building a new sound around horns in African and Contemporary music. Their music draws on Jazz, African rhythms, Hip Hop and Electronic music influences.

The band started off as a commercial for-hire horn section whose members had worked on music TV shows, records and toured as a hired horn section. It has since expanded to include a five-piece supporting band. Their forthcoming recording, Modern Kenyan Classics will see them bringing on original musical works and remakes of contemporary Kenyan music.

The band comprises Mackinlay Mutsembi on trumpet, saxophonist Rabai Mokua, and Victor Kinama on trombone who is a multi-instrumentalist and an arranger and orchestrator. On percussion is Kasiva Mutuabusy, Newman Owuor is on guitar, Amani Baya on drums, George Nyorocovers on keyboards and Moise Basinza on bass.

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz celebrates its 21st edition this year with a diverse line-up of all-star talent. Five stages will be used where Jazz lovers will be treated to groundbreaking collaborations and tributes by new masters to older Jazz giants.
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Ticket prices are: Opening night: R700, Day passes R795, Weekend passes: R 1 350

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