Image: Supplied ~ Nick Boulton
I have a long relationship with the Joy of
Jazz and have always had amazing shows on their stages. This will be my first
time at the new Sandton location, so I look forward to the experience.
I can never predict what music will do to
all of us on the night. We will play from our hearts and hope that some magic
or some healing can come out of it for all of us.
It involves a couple of rehearsals to keep the
band in line, but we rehearse just enough to leave space to engage the true
spirit of music and improvisation on the day of the performance.
Every stage has its own magic. Over the
years I have shared stages with everyone, from Ray Charles to Beyoncé, Salif
Keita to Mercedes Sosa, Damian Marley to Lauren Hill, and Miriam Makeba to
Brenda Fassie. It's been a beautiful ride so far. But for the purpose of this
interview I will very affectionately say, the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.
Interestingly enough, young people are the
ones who engage me about it the most. Ndiyahamba
is a firm favourite. Mothers also play the album relentlessly. It's incredibly
It has been 22 years now since I started
with Jacknife in 1996. I have never been about achievements and I realise
that's a very strange thing to say after I have achieved so much, but I have
always only been about finding peace for myself through the music. Needless to
say, as a procrastinator, I have always felt that finishing my work is the