Smanga Kumalo— All roads will be leading to Vaal on Sunday when Vaal River Carnival hosts a mother of all jazz festival at Dickinson in Vereeniging.
The festival is set to rival the thunderous sounds of the Vaal River by affording jazz lovers the chance of savouring only the finest the genre has to offer.
The jazz musicians who are expected to mesmerize the audience are internationally-acclaimed Gerald Albright, Andy Narell, and local artists are Selaelo Selota, Wanda Baloyi, and Kabomo just to name but few.
According to Chief Executive Officer of T-Musicman, Peter Tladi, the artists will ensure that Jazz by the River will be on everyone’s tongues for a long time to come.
” American jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright will headline an inspiring line-up that will leave an indelible impression on the thousands of jazz fanatics that are expected to congregate in the Vaal” said Tladi in a statement.
It’s believed that Jazz by the River will continue where 2008’s premier event left off. Tladi added by saying the multi-instrumentalist, Albright will blow his fans away as he demonstrates just how musical he is when he serenades the crowd on his bass guitar, keyboard, flute, drums and vocals on global hits such as Ain’t No Stopping.
He concluded, “Narell will infect the Vereeniging air with his artistic take on jazz music and experience garnered from playing with the likes of the Caribbean Jazz Project and Sakesho”.
Thousands of single-minded Gauteng jazz aficionados are expected to make the trek to the banks of the Vaal River where they will be bold over by the impeccable expertise of world-class virtuosos, who can always be counted on to elevate the bar at any musical gathering.
Jazz on the River affords attendees the chance to be part of a genre that has, over decades, fostered social cohesion, an attribute that has proven its value to the entire country.
Emfuleni local municipality spokesperson, Klass Mofomme, said the Festival will also be used to promote up and coming developmental bands who will have the opportunity to strut their stuff in front of a welcoming crowd.