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The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce that SABC Radio will be the media partner of the first ever Soweto International Jazz Festival.  This partnership highlights SABC Radio’s commitment to fulfil one of its core missions, which is to recognise and celebrate the diversity of South Africa’s vast music culture.

 

The first edition of the Soweto International Jazz Festival is set to commence in Soweto from Thursday, 14 June until Sunday, the 17th of June 2018, at the Johannesburg Theatre Group’s, State of the Art Soweto Theatre Festival Complex.  This Festival is dedicated to the historical region of Johannesburg and each day of the festival will have its own theme, namely: Celebration of Our Future, Power of Women, International Night and Inspiration, respectively. 

 

 

SAFM, Metro FM, Lesedi FM, Radio 2000, Channel Africa and Ukhozi FM are the six SABC Radio Stations that will be dedicating their resources towards promoting the Festival and unpacking the themes as part of live broadcasts and interviews.

Commenting on the partnership, Head of Radio Marketing Siphelele Sixaso “The Soweto Uprisings in 1976 were a global turn of events within the South African history, the next chapter is to highlight initiatives like the Soweto International Jazz Festival that call for a global celebration of Soweto through music and the uplifting of this township that changed our nation. As the biggest broadcaster in Africa we put our weight behind these plans in order to take the 1976 history of Young People to the next Level”

 

The four day festival is not only limited to jazz as the name suggests. The line-up comprises of multi-genres such as soul, contemporary and African music. To broaden the horizon and scope, Grammy Award winning artists in the likes of Third World, Bob James, Deborah Cox, Spyro Gyra, and  the Neville Brothers will grace the stage.  South African Jazz and R&B stars such as Ernie Smith, Zama Jobe and legendary Charlie Wilson who will be performing for the first time in South Africa alongside the dynamic local gospel artist, Khaya Mthethwa.  To add a youthful flavour to the festival local artists such as Nasty C, Lady Zamar, Major League DJs, and many more will also be featured on the line-up.

 

The Soweto International Jazz Festival is not only conceptualised to entertain but to also educate the masses through the power of music and art. As a result, the celebrations will be centred on the tribute of the late legendary Jazz musician, Hugh Masekela and the centenary of the late former president Nelson Mandela. Tickets are available for purchase online on www.sowetotheatre.com Tickets may also be purchased directly from Soweto Theatre.

 

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