The Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert which took place at the Artscape Theatre on Saturday night proves that there’s no better party than a jazz party.
Now in its 16th year, Edujazz is all about creating a platform for young musicians and singers to get onto a big stage and show off their talent.
Saturday was no different and the Belhar Collective and Edujazz Band (made up of musicians from university and high schools) definitely brought their A-game to the stage.
Headline act Jimmy Nevis did a jazzy twist to many of his pop hits and did a kwaai collaboration with the Belhar Collective.
Jimmy says: “It’s programmes like this that really support young people, because music is a calling.”
Paul Goliath from Heathfield attended the Edujazz Concert for the first time and says he had a lekker time.
“I came to support Jimmy Nevis as well, he’s a home boy,” Paul says proudly.
Led by Terence Scarr, the Edujazz Band set the stage alight with their great jazzy renditions of popular songs, as well as the classic A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square performed by the fantastic Ndumiso Manana from the University of Cape Town.
And this party was definitely for a worthy cause because as Independent Newspapers Chief of Staff Zenariah Barends explained to the audience, it’s about securing the future of homegrown talent.
“A country that supports its art and music is capable of going to great places,” she said.