BY SINDISO DUBE
BULAWAYO jazz artistes have come together to form a grouping known as the Jazz and Whisky Club, with the launch already done at Queens Sports Club on Sunday ahead of the World Jazz Day commemorated yesterday.
The launch of the club saw a number of old and new jazz crooners attending the event where good food, drinks and music were served.
The new club will see jazz shows staged every last Sunday of the month.
The club is a brainchild of Sibonginkosi “Mr Prince” Tshabalala, who has worked with Nigerian Kunle Ayo as well as Bekezela Nkomo, among other established artistes.
“The club is meant to mobilise jazz lovers that have been neglected in Bulawayo and to also create a fan base for local jazz artistes, old and budding, as well as enabling them to earn from their talent,” Tshabalala said.
“We want to promote jazz music in Bulawayo. We are also celebrating the International Jazz Day declared by the United Nations which falls on April 30. Generally April is a jazz month, so we saw it fit to launch the club in April.”
He said “jazz and whisky go together” and the club was focused on uniting jazz lovers so the show was open to everyone.
Tshabalala, who has taken his music to many countries, said the genre had been neglected in Bulawayo.
“I have travelled a lot performing and linking up with jazz artistes in other countries. I have noticed that in Bulawayo, the genre had been neglected. In Harare, it’s not so bad. I am based in South Africa and I can tell you that the genre is big there,” he said.