2019 / 2020
“The arts can and must
make a contribution to a
more inclusive society.”
JAZZ IN THE QUAD
In March 2019 and 2020, for the second and third year in succession, the CTMA, Standard Bank and the Toyota US Woordfees, successfully presented some of South Africa’s most popular Jazz artists in concert at the annual Woordfees Festival in Stellenbosch. The popular music series has become a festival favourite and is held annually at the Visual Arts Department quad in Victoria Street.
The series of concerts was originally inspired by the Jazz in the Native Yards (JINY) initiative where audiences in Cape Town townships have opportunities to experience Jazz concerts in residential backyards. This concept was started by JINY founders Koko Nkalashe and Luvuyo Kakaza and supported by Concerts SA. In 2018 and 2019 Jazz in the Native Yards collaborated with the CTMA in presenting the Jazz in the Quad series.
In 2019 the Jazz in the Quad line-up included South African industry jazz icon Steve Newman, popular acts Kyle Shepherd Trio, Ramon Alexander Band, Kalahari Connection and quad regulars Schalk Joubert Band featuring Sima Mashazi.
In 2020 the Quad was enjoying immense popularity and this unique music experience and late night entertainment venue was once again a highlight of the festival. It boasted the phenomenal line-up of crowd favourites Kyle Shepherd Trio, Ramon Alexander Quartet and Schalk Joubert Band with Sima Mashazi, and popular quad newcomers, The Unity Band and Mandisi Dyantyis. This was the third consecutive year that the CTMA successfully co-hosted this late night contemporary music and
entertainment venue in the Visual Arts Building in Stellenbosch, and this year attracted some of the largest crowds in the Quad to date.
Also having returned for a second and third successful year, as part of the Jazz in the Quad venue series, was the popular, one-night only Jazz in Kayamandi concert at the Amazink Theatre in Kayamandi in Stellenbosch. In 2019 the incredible jazz singer Babalwa Mentjies performed with The Little Giants Band, led by pianist George Werner, and thrilled the diverse and appreciative audience.
In 2020 the concert was a special collaboration between two great trumpeters – the 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year winner, Mandla Mlangeni and the music director and lead trumpeter of the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra in Sweden, Fredrik Norén and his quartet featuring Fredrik Kronkvist (sax), Martin Zenker (bass) and Andrew Lilley (piano). The group played to a full house of local and international jazz lovers from far and wide.
“I’ve really enjoyed performing and watching shows at Jazz in the Quad
mainly for the atmosphere.
I love how its various artists bring fresh and diverse audiences to Stellenbosch.
I also love that it’s a platform where we are introduced to a diverse group of artists in a space where they can exhibit their own work.
For me as a performer it’s a welcome space to collaborate and create among friends.”
Jazz in the Quad Artist,
2018, 2019 & 2020
JAZZ & FONDUE SERIES
The Delheim Jazz & Fondue series again commenced in the winter of 2019 and for nine consecutive Sundays from June to August, showcased the jazz talents of Cape Town at Delheim Wine Estate’s rustic cellar restaurant – an intimate and snug venue that’s as perfect as a mellow jazz club, in the heart of the Winelands.
The Jazz & Fondue series is an initiative that not only affords jazz musicians a platform to perform, but also exposes local and international guests to recognise and enjoy the great local music talent South Africa has to offer. The CTMA once again partnered with Delheim Wine Estate and Jazz in the Native Yards to produce an exciting line-up of some of the freshest and most talented jazz artists on the current scene. In 2019 the line-up consisted of an exciting mix of both established and top young talent which is what makes the event so sought after amongst local jazz lovers.
Acts included George Werner and the Little Giants, Mike Rossi Quartet, Thembelihle Dunjana Quartet, Tumi Pheko and the Way of the Light, Buddy Wells Quartet, Hassan Addas, Ramon Alexander, Schalk Joubert Band, Bongani Sotshononda and Babalwa Mentjies.
The popularity of the event grew signifi cantly since its first launch in 2018 with an audience reach of about 700 people during the course of the weeks. It then increased to some 800 in 2019, bearing in mind the venue’s limited capacity.
The Jazz & Fondue series is an initiative that not only affords jazz musicians a platform to perform, but also exposes local & international guests to recognise & enjoy the
great local music talent
South Africa has to
As part of the CTMA’s mandate to create performance opportunities for contemporary musicians it organised, or partnered, with various festivals and events, and booked a substantial number of artists to perform playing gigs in and around Cape Town during 2019 and 2020.
Some of these included:
- Feta de la Musique Festival at the Alliance Francaise du Cap, 21 June 2019, featuring the Blake Hellaby Quartet, Sima Mashazi & Ramon Alexander, The Berklee Faculty Band.
- 2020 Suidooster Festival Opening, October 2019, featuring Babalwa Mentjies & George Werner.
- 2020 Toyota US Woordfees Festival Launch, November 2019 featuring Rick Stander & The Kitchen Jammers.
- Vivaldi Four Seasons at Welgemeend House, 11 December 2019, featuring World Cafe Ensemble.
- Jazz in the Native Yards Online: Salim Washington Streaming Concert – 24-27 September 2020.
- 2020 Suidooster Festival Visual Arts Exhibition Opening, October 2020 & 2020 KKNK Teksmark at the Baxter Theatre, November 2020 featuring Adamu da Silva.