Big names to jazz it up at EC festival

MUSICAL TO THE PEOPLE: From left, Gary Ndlovu, Dumza Maswana, Lulama Gaulana and Retsi Pule at Eastern Cape Jazz Festival media briefing on Friday. Picture: AMANDA NANO

The Eastern Cape Jazz Festival held a media briefing at The Square, in East London last Friday to announce some of the headliners for the upcoming three-day celebration of music which will be held in East London from September 20 to 22.

Performing a song at the launch, Opening the festivities were Dumza Maswana and Lulama Gaulana opened the launch festivities with a song.

According to festival organiser Mlindi Ntloko, said quite a few jazz headliners in SA have confoirmed their attendance.

“Confirmed to attend are Sibongile Khumalo, Selaelo Selota, Mlungisi Gegana, Lindiwe Maxolo and Titi Luzipho among others,” Ntloko said.

Local artists are urged to submit videos of themselves in action. Five musicians will then be chosen from these submissions to form part of the line-up.

“Artists can upload their video’s via the website and our Facebook page. The public will then be able to vote for their favourites,” Ntloko said.

Veteran jazz artist Retsi Pule is elated that a festival of this stature will take place in the province.

“Eastern Cape is the home of jazz, and the biggest stumbling block we have encountered was the homeland system.

“This revival will be enjoyed for generations to come,” Pule said.

The festival’s official ambassadors are Dumza Maswana, Lulama Gaulana and Retsi Pule.

Ntloko said they would gradually expand the festival to accommodate more artists and venues.

Tickets will be available from June at a cost of R350 per person.

For more information details on video submissions, visit www.ecjazzfest.co.za or their Facebook page, Eastern Cape Jazz festival

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