The Soweto International Jazz Festival is set to make our hips swing, hands clap and feet tap from the 14th to the 17th of June 2018 for a global celebration of Soweto. A first of its kind in the historical city of the South Western Township, it will take place at the state-of-the-art Soweto Theatre festival Group.
The brainchild of the International Arts Solution and the Soweto Theatre, SIJF will bring us some of our favourite international Grammy Award-winning stars from the yesteryears such as:
- Third World
- Bob James
- Deborah Cox
- Spyro Gyra
- Neville Brothers
Not forgetting South African favourites:
- Ernie Smith
- Zama Jobe
The four-day celebration will be a tribute to the late Hugh Masekela– a distinguished musician and noncompliant political voice- and father of nations Tata Nelson Rolihlahla “Madiba” Mandela for what would have been his 100th birthday celebration on the on the 18th of July.
Created with collaboration at heart, the Soweto International Jazz Festival will see our local musicians sharing stages with international acts. The likes of first-ever-performer in South Africa Charlie Wilson will be seen alongside gospel star Khaya Mthethwa in a performance that is bound to be both historical and awe-inspiring. “We want to foster creative and business collaborations,” stresses Nolan Baynes from the International Arts Solution, “We also wanted to make sure that we create a festival that positively impacts the economy here.”
Designed to be an economic engine for the city that is Soweto, the festival- in addition to music- will bring you:
- Master classes
- Fun fitness
- Poetry session
- A vibrant awareness of the township
- Aesthetically pleasing art to both the mind and soul
- Delectable dishes for your taste buds
- Rich history
- Luxury accommodation
- Escapades and explorations
The Soweto International Jazz Festival is for the whole family as diversity will be celebrated with multifaceted genres. Expect jazz, gospel, R&B, reggae, hip-hop and so much more.
“The festival is designed to help create connectivity among people of the African diaspora and celebrate the indomitable spirit of Soweto and its people,” says Ernest Kelly, Managing Partner of IAS Agency and Executive Producer of the festival.
Tickets are available for purchase online from Soweto Theatre or from any participating Pick ‘n Pay store from Webtickets. Tickets may also be purchased directly from Joburg Theatre, and Roodepoort Theatre onsite box offices.
Be on the lookout for a new artist competition where 13 artists will be chosen via social media where ten will win coaching in a workshop from some of the artists (both local and international). Three of the winners will have a chance to perform at the festival, with only one being chosen to record with the aid of an all-star team. The festival will also be working with the Soweto Theater on an internship program where young people will learn the ropes of producing festivals and events.
AND THAT’S NOT ALL! SIJF will furthermore be collaborating with Magents for an exclusive fashion piece that will only be available for the duration of the festival. All of this will be happening while Hot 97 (yes the big time New York based hip-hop radio station) records segments for its new show on dedicated to first generations.
- 1 day pass – R450
- 2 day pass – R750 (valid for consecutive days only)
- 3 day pass – R850 (valid for consecutive days only)
- 4 day pass – R950
Limited Offering/Specials: special terms apply
- Student Specials – R150
- Residential Specials – R150
- 1 day – R1,000
- 2 day – R1,800 (valid for consecutive days only)
- 3 day – R2,200 (valid for consecutive days only)
- 4 day – R2,800
For additional information on tickets and travel packages, please visit Soweto International Jazz Festival.