SA singer wins top jazz prizes

2012-07-15 12:21

Juan-les-Pins - South African singer Melanie Scholtz notched up a triumph on Saturday at the Jazz a Juan Revelation festival in the French Riviera town Juan-les-Pins, winning all three prizes.

The 33-year-old from Cape Town took the Jury Prize, the Public Prize and the RTL Prize at the festival, which wound up late on Saturday.

"Jazz is a completely natural thing to me," she told AFP, recalling her saxophonist father had played her records by jazzmen like Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderley.

Scholtz, who is of mixed race - "I have Zulu, Irish and Indian ancestors" - is also interested in traditional South African music and performed before Nelson Mandela in 2003 before going on to work with Scandinavian musicians.

Comments

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-15 12:51

    Well done!

  • sabelomthembumusic - 2012-07-15 13:01

    Well done Melanie. You are a singer of note indeed. And an inspiration to some of us. :)

  • Siyabonga Mkhwanazi - 2012-07-15 13:26

    A mix of Zulu and Irish? Thats just a bad mix right there, good thing she's a woman.

      Litha Thando Yono Ka-Zola - 2012-07-15 13:57

      @Siyabonga....Bumbaklaat!

  • devenjoey.theron - 2012-07-15 16:10

    thx:)

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