Glitz and glamour returns onto the jazz musical stage as the annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival returns at the Sandton Convention centre in Johannesburg.
The line-up includes a rich mixture of renowned South African jazz musicians embracing international artists from across cultural divides.Award-winning female artist Wanda Baloyi will be part of the star-studded 16th showcase that will take place from the 24-26 September billed enough to arouse any jazz music fans appetite.
The 3 day festival brings “The Sound of two” collaboration between Metro FM award winner Wanda Baloyi and her father KORA Awarded Jaco Maria. Originally from Mozambique, Maria moved to South Africa in the 80’s and has since worked with some of Africa’s renowned musicians such as Jimmy Dludlu, Mirriam Makheba, Papa Wemba and Judith Sephuma.
Baloyi and Maria will be sharing the stage for the first time. Baloyi has released 4 albums with the recent titled Love and Life, winning Metro FM Award for Best Urban Jazz Album. Baloyi in her own words promised fireworks on the turn of Joy of Jazz. “The audience can expect a beautiful journey of sound from father and daughter. The collaboration between my dad’s Afro centrism sounds and the blend of my soulful sounds is a very unique blend and both share versatility in singing in various languages and the influence of the Brazilian sounds is definitely something to look forward to. The once in a lifetime tales of father and daughter told on the Standard Bank Joy Of Jazz stage will definitely be a memorable one and I trust no one would want to miss it,” she promised.
The songbird gave praise to her amazing father who has always encouraged her to find her own rhythm. “My dad never held my hand, he highly encouraged me to find my way but with the guidance of knowing what I wanted to achieve,” she indicated.
With the recent held Metro Awards bagging an award, Baloyi is a testimony of hard work and that proves she knows best at what she does. On the award winning album produced by Kabomo, keeping it fresh and relevant through personal experiences was key to the success.
“On this album in particular I deliberately wanted a change in sound and my approach was very different hence I worked with great producers and song writers such as Mpumi Dlamini, Rj Benjamin, Afrotraction and Njabulo Nene. I featured amazing talents like Judith Sephuma, Nothende, Reason, Solo and Kabomo and that made it rich in voices,” she said.
The ever-smiling star revealed her best performances in Africa, “My best acts where in my continent from South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Nigeria and many others where I witnessed music bringing joys to the faces of my people.” Baloyi has been fully inspired by how music has brought Africans closer in times of need and despair. “I love the way Africans have used music to break boundaries and borders. Great collaborations are happening and this has highly inspired me to see the world with a different eye and believe in the possibility of achieving your dreams.
“I love food so much. My best food speciality is African cuisines. Mogodo is my favourite, I can go on when it comes to food” she laughs. “I also love clothes that compliment my body shape; I love dresses and bold accessories. My clothing is a mirror to my personality,” she ends the interview.
Joy of Jazz line-up will also feature Steve Dyer, Simphiwe Dana, African Dreamtime, Hugh Masekela, Oliver Mtukudzi, Jimmy Dludlu, Marcus Miller, Matthew Halsall and National Youth Band among others.