On Saturday, June 17th, the second annual International Jazz Extravaganza was nothing short of a stellar event with a star-studded line-up that took to the stage to delight audiences and inspire true jazz connoisseurs. From the big-band sounds of swing to the freedom of avant-garde and everything in between and beyond, jazz-lovers witness the world’s greatest jazz talents perform at the Durban International Convention Centre-Arena.
First on stage was pianist and sensational new vocalist, Thandi Ntuli who performed songs from her new album, “The Offering”. Thandi ensured that the IJE was a celebration of jazz by offering a pure and sophisticated performance.
Grammy award winner, Kurt Elling wowed the audience with his vocal range, jazzy tunes and stage presence.
Monty Alexander definitely brought a bit of his famous Jamaican flavour to South Africa. He united the crowd when he performed Bob Marley’s Redemption Song by encouraging the crowd to sing along.
The last performance was from Nduduzo Makhathini, who serenaded the crowd with offerings from his South African Music Award (SAMA23) winning album “iKhambi”.
The show was laced together by Metro FM’s ‘The Urban Jazz Experience’ host, Nothemba Madumo and ‘The Art of Sunday’ on Kaya FM presenter, Brenda Sisane who hosted the event.
While the lights may have dimmed, the stage emptied, the instruments packed away and the voices quiet, the 2017 International Jazz Extravaganza will live on in the hearts of jazz lovers for many years to come.
The second IJE is brought to you by its presenting partners, the National Department of Arts & Culture, the KZN Provincial Department of Arts and Culture and Durban Tourism; associate partner, Standard Bank Personal and Business Banking and official airline carrier, SAA. Media partners for the IJE are Mzansi Magic Music, Kaya FM and East Coast Radio and their official suppliers are Aha Hotels & Lodges and SMG-Durban BMW.