Oliver Mtukudzi will this year grace the stage at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival.
The Joy of Jazz Festival is a major international jazz festival that is held at various venues in Newtown, Johannesburg.
Running from August 25 to 27, the line-up features artists from America, Brazil, Croatia, Belgium, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Angola and South Africa.
Over the years, Tuku has performed at numerous major international jazz festivals including the Festival Internationale de Jazz de Montréal (Canada), Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Luanda International Jazz Festival, North Seas Jazz Festival and Standard Bank Jazz Festival.
The Joy of Jazz Festival is a music extravaganza that brings together a variety of genres including mainstream jazz, Afro-jazz, smooth jazz, traditional African music, R&B and soul.
This 12th edition of the festival will see Tuku performing alongside such international greats as R&B crooner Alexander O’Neal, Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Dee Bridgewater, Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Tania Maria, Mango Groove, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Olufemi and McCoy Murubatha.
Jazz great Wynton Marsalis is arguably the biggest jazz artist to perform in South Africa to date. The legendary trumpeter is winner of nine Grammy Awards and the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
Modern jazz has been shaped and influenced by the music of McCoy Tyner. His blues-based piano style is replete with sophisticated chords.
Tyner’s explosively percussive touch has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. He has released nearly 80 albums and earned four Grammys.
Dee Bridgewater is a Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz diva. With a career spanning four decades, she paid homage to monumental figures of the music world.
Other participating artists include Ringo Madlingozi, Simpiwe Dana, Jeff Lober, African Jazz Pioneers, Frank McComb, Bokani Dyer, Bonga, Kwela Tebza, Tu Nokwe and Julius Schultz.
The jazz-travaganza will use seven venues over three days to deliver a global mélange of sounds to suit a variety of tastes.