2024 National Jazz Festival

A jazz programme like no other! The Festival draws established and emerging jazz musicians from the Eastern Cape, South Africa and the globe to bring a distinctive flavour to the diverse programme. The National Arts Festival has a strong legacy of jazz, grounded in the collaborative spirit of the National Youth Jazz Festival which has played a pivotal role in musician development dating back to 1992. It has been a barometer for countless jazz musicians, who come back annually to gather, play and reinvest in a new generation of jazz artists. The programme is active and experiential and sees artists jamming with the students.

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Ramon Alexander Trio

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
A landscape of rhythmic interplay
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Jam Session II | Blake Hellaby

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Integral collaborations to develop Jazz
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Stirling High

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Stirling High
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St. Cyprian’s & Moses Molelekwa Arts Foundation

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
St. Cyprian’s & Moses Molelekwa Arts Foundation
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Jam Session I | Sakhile Simani

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Integral collaborations to develop Jazz
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Cape Jazz Jol!

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
A blatantly funky repertoire and some serious groove
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UKZN & Stellenbosch University

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Jazz students from two universities with very different cultures and sounds
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Dakawa Jazz | Melikhaya Heugh & Dumza Maswana

Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture
Celebrate the Jazz of the Eastern Cape
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Little Giants

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Little Giants
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Dakawa Jazz | Imonti Jazz Band & Malayisha Jazz Band

Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture
Celebrate the Jazz of the Eastern Cape
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Youth Jazz Vocal Celebration

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
A celebration of school and university jazz choirs and vocal soloists
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Reconnections

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
A reconnection nearly three decades later
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Siya Charles Sextet

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Siya Charles returns to Makhanda!
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Sakhile Simani: People of My Community

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
‘Hope and love to my community during all the uncertainty’
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Jam session III | Duncan Johnson

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Integral collaborations to develop Jazz
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Dakawa Jazz | The Hamburg Jazz Band, Sive Sontshaka & The Tribute Jazz Band, & Phinda Mtya

Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture
Celebrate the Jazz of the Eastern Cape
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Conversations

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
5 musicians gather to create a unique musical conversation
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Dalisu Ndlazi: The Inevitable Calling

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Music is both home and the feeling of existence
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Maritzburg College & Parel Vallei

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Everything from Glen Miller to a New York subway-style street band
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Dakawa Jazz | Vibe Nation SA, Uhadi Lomxesibe & Senqu Dipina

Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture
Celebrate the Jazz of the Eastern Cape
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The Ploemies

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Infectious grooves that never fail to get crowds on their feet
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Bergvliet & Durban High

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Bergvliet & Durban High
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Ghana Jazz Collective

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Acclaimed Ghanaian Afro-Jazz Fusion band, The Ghjazz Collective!
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Jam Session IV | Kyle du Preez

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Integral collaborations to develop Jazz
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The Birth – Darren English

SBYA Jazz
The Birth - Darren English
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National Schools Jazz Band – Natalie Rungan

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Conducted by Natalie Rungan
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Zoe the Seed

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
An authentic, sincere expression of jazz
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Outeniqua High

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Outeniqua High
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Neil Gonsalves Trio + 2

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Decidedly Mzansi-flavoured
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Kesivan & The Lights

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
Listening and exploring
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University of Cape Town

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
The Off Minor: UCT Sextet
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National Youth Jazz Band – Afrika Mkhize

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
A selection of jazz musicians in South Africa, aged 26 and younger
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Yonela Mnana

Eastern Cape Jazz Promotions
The diversity of Yonela Mnana’s musicianship is evident