Experience the magic of jazz at the 2017 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival

Botswana jazz fans will be happy to note that the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival, the biggest jazz festival in the north, will kick of its array of soothing musical activities today ( Thursday), September 28th -30th at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The 2017 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz marks its 20th Anniversary as a leading brand on South Africa’s jazz calendar.

Atteridgeville-born Tutu Puoane, a two time SAMA Award winner, completed her vocal studies at UCT in 2001 and turned down a big contract with a major South African record company to work with celebrated Dutch pianist Jack van Poll and to study further in Europe. She wanted to develop to the fullest her unique talents as a jazz vocalist and performer.

This year’s festival will feature seasoned accts among them Ramsey Lewis Vs Roy Ayers, Christian McBride, Salif Keita, Thandiswa Mazwai, Tutu Puoane, Nnenna Freelong and promises jazz music aficionados quality live music as well as an opportunity to explore and discover new and old stories.

Thandiswa Mazwai is regarded as one of the most influential musicians on the South African music scene today. She began her career in 1998 with Bongo Maffin, one of the pioneering bands of Kwaito. After six award winning albums with Bongo Maffin she went solo.

Those wishing to attend the show from Botswana will be happy to learn that the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival 2017 packages are already available at an affordable price. Batswana wanting to experience the magic of jazz will simply pay P2950 per person sharing and P5800 a couple, and these packages include return transport from Gaborone to Johannesburg (Sandton), two nights’ accommodation (breakfast inclusive) and two day pass tickets to the show, now in its 20th year.

She is also a composer, actress and playwright and in 2014 garnered rave reviews for Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles” at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Nnenna has toured with such luminaries as Ray Charles, Ellis Marsalis, the late Al Jarreau and George Benson. Her recording career has brought consistent respect both as a soloist and in her collaborative work. She has also received numerous awards for her work in various fields.

South Africa Tourism (SAT) has tasked and empowered a Motswana-owned travel agency, Let’s Just Travel founded by Boemo Malepa, a young Motswana woman who has been operating the business since September 2016 and are proud members of TAABOT and HATAB.

Hugh Masekela is a household name in South African music. He is a world-renowned flugel hornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and a defiant political voice who remains deeply connected with the many social and political ills facing the country.

“The agency prides itself on supplying a prompt, reliable and helpful service at all times, and we are confident that the quality of our products and standard of service is second to none,” said Malepa recently.

Zoe Modiga was born in Overport, Durban and raised in Pietermaritzburg. Her love for music at a very young age encouraged her to attend the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, where she studied classical piano, clarinet and vocals. Her time at the school provided an excellent platform to pursue music as a passion and career in her later years. She is currently completing her degree in jazz vocals at the South African College of Music, UCT.

Backed by her sheer determination and her company’s vision, “To establish a world renowned travel experience that will exceed customer satisfaction”, Malepa has vowed to give all Batswana and citizens traveling with her company ‘Let’s Just Travel’ an unforgettable South African experience.

“Let’s Just Travel Agency is for travel and tours, and the major issue is to provide services to the tourism industry. Our customers receive the personal attention of the stewards, who will meet any need a traveller has. In detail we do the following: En-route transportation arrangements, Package bookings for tourists, Flights arrangements (Ticketing), Hotel and car bookings, Travel logistics, Team building and events. We also provide, Cruises, Travel insurance, Leisure and Corporate,” added Malepa.

Branford Marsalis is a three-time Grammy Award winner who has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, a composer, and the head of Marsalis Music, the label he founded in 2002.

To make a booking; customers are encouraged to contact Let’s Just Travel on +267 398 0306 or simply email” admin@letsjusttravel.co.bw

Branford Marsalis is a three-time Grammy Award� winner who has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, a composer, and the head of Marsalis Music, the label he founded in 2002.

Just last month, SAT carried out an activation during the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC) jazz event held at the Stanbic Piazza, Molapo Crossing in Gaborone, where citizens had an opportunity to make bookings for the upcoming and popular annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival; the biggest jazz festival in the north, taking place in September at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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