The National Arts Festival has always been synonymous with Jazz Music. It has served as a platform for collaboration and the sharing of musical passion, creating an immersive experience for both artists and jazz enthusiasts alike.

The OF SPIRIT AND SONG exhibition is a collaborative offering that intersects jazz music and the visual arts. Curated as a live homage to both legendary and contemporary artists, the exhibition explores the rich tradition of storytelling through music which serves as an oasis of prayer, resistance, healing, joy and love.

The exhibition showcases works of Lerato Pakade, a South African photographer, known for her skillful use of lighting and unique perspective, capturing these moments with sharp lighting and ingenuity. Her photographs in the exhibition depict and celebrate the experience of these artists, driven by rhythm, stories and expressions of jazz.

The exhibition features renowned artists including Bra Herbie Tsoaeli,Thandiswa Mazwai, Msaki, Mandisi Dyantyis, Muney, Tshepo Tsotetsi, Amaeshi Ikechi, Zoe Modiga, Zamajobe, Rorisang Sechele, Dumza Maswana and Simphiwe Dana from her recent MOYA Concert.




Albany Science Museum


22 JUNE – 2 July 2023
09:00 – 17:00


Lerato Pakade
Curated by Zimasile Mjokozeli


Lerato Pakade is a Jazz Photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa, who has set out to document and archive the musical giants of her generation. Her work reflects a conversation between the art forms of music and photography. A consistent theme which can be seen in her photographs is the Communion of artists with Higher powers, and capturing moments of surrender, contemplation and power as musicians perform.

She learnt her craft through the study of classic historical jazz photographs, as well as the generous instruction of fellow photographers. Lerato held her first exhibition in October 2022, entitled “Such a time as this”, at the home of jazz in Johannesburg – Leano Restaurant (previously The Orbit). She is currently exploring filmmaking and multimedia modalities as a way to continue telling the stories of the extraordinary musical minds South Africa has been blessed with.