Power couple Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba and his wife Connie. (Photo: Tebogo Letsie/City Press)
Johannesburg - Dinner by the pool was interrupted by the rain, but that didn’t dampen the spirit of guests at a cocktail party held on Wednesday to launch this week’s 19th instalment of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival.
Celebrity guests included Dutch-Cameroonian singer-songwriter Ntjam Rosie, South African singer Judith Sephuma, US jazz drummer Kendrick Scott and South African-born guitarist-composer Jonathan Butler.
The host on Wednesday night was Metro FM’s jazz presenter, Nothemba Madumo, who first called upon newly elected Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba to officially welcome international and local artists.
Mashaba said he was thrilled by how the festival inspired new and aspirant artists to try out new techniques, tools and ideas in their work.
“We [the City of Johannesburg] are proud to be in partnership with the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz owing to its positive work in the poorest of our communities in our city,” he said.
Joy of Jazz partnered with Joburg Tourism to invite arts and craft businesses to sell their wares in the garden on the night.
Soweto artist Senzo Nhlapo was among them.
“I describe my work as candy art and I’m a street artist, meaning I take my work to the people and don’t wait for them to come to the gallery,” said Nhlapho.
The Joy of Jazz festival concluded on Saturday night at the Sandton Convention Centre in Joburg.