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6th SAJE Jazz Festival 26 – 28 April

by | Apr 23, 2019 | News | 0 comments

The 6th SAJE Jazz Festival is a 3-day event that brings the best South African and International talent in the jazz world to two fabulous venues during Jazz Appreciation Month.

Join the 6th SAJE Jazz Festival which takes place from 26 to 28 April 2019 in Cape Town. The Festival consists of concerts and workshops. International Jazz Day will be celebrated on Sunday 28 April and is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as JAM), which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April.

The SAJE Jazz Festival is a biennial event focusing on jazz education, performance, workshops, skills and audience development. It offers a unique forum for musicians, jazz fans, academics, educators and teachers, students and learners, to engage with the latest sounds and ideas in jazz – especially South African jazz. Along with workshops, performances and industry displays, there will be opportunities for discussion, information exchange, and networking.

SAJE Jazz Festival Line-up

This year the Festival offers an exciting line-up of South African jazz musicians and educators – including

  • McCoy Mrubata (sax) and Paul Hanmer (piano),
  • Afrika Mkhize (photo above) – piano (Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2012),
  • Salim Washington (sax), Darius Brubeck (piano) and Mike Rossi (sax/clarinet/flute), Lumanyano Unity Mzi (drums) and The Unity Band.

International guests include saxophonist

  • Emanuele Cisi (Italy),
  • vocalist/composer Florence ChitaCumbi (Switzerland/Angola) and
  • percussionist Mino Cinelu (France/USA).


  • The concert on Friday 26 April is called “Jazz for Curious Minds” and
  • Saturday 27 April – “South African Jazz”.
  • Sunday 28 April SAJE and Jazz in the Native Yards will celebrate International Jazz Day at the iconic Guga S’Thebe in Langa with an interesting line-up of South African and International jazz musicians. All artists will have their CDs on sale at both venues. (Addresses below)

The 6th SAJE Jazz Festival is open to everyone and the jazz events are offered at two conveniently located and fabulous live music venues in Rondebosch and in Langa, Cape Town.

Something for everyone at this year’s SAJE Jazz Festival

Paul Hanmer and McCoy-Mrubata

There is much to see and hear – audiences can enjoy concerts, workshops and industry displays.

  • On Saturday 27 April during the day there will be a series of workshops and discussions plus a free lunch hour concert by The Unity Band:
  • an interview/discussion with McCoy Mrubata and Paul Hanmer conducted by radio broadcaster/critic Nigel Vermaas as they celebrate 30 plus years of jazz and friendship;
  • another topical discussion/workshop will be on the “business of music” conducted by members of The Unity Band, plus there will be
  • workshops conducted by Emanuele Cisi (saxophone/European jazz), Salim Washington (saxophone/South African jazz), Afrika Mkhize (piano/South African jazz) and Lumanyano Unity Mzi (drums).

So there will be something for everyone at this year’s Festival. This is a great opportunity to sponsor someone or bring a friend to one of the jazz events. It is important to encourage everyone to support live music and live music venues.

TICKETS:Concert tickets are available through Quicket or at the door.  Concert tickets at the Reeler Theatre are R120 with discounts for pensioners and students R80 Tickets for the concert on Sunday 28 April at Guga S’Thebe are R150 adults and R90 for pensioners and students.
• To register for any of the workshops, contact Diane at 0825157051 or email

  • Reeler Theatre, Rondebosch Boys’ High School, Canigou Avenue, Rondebosch, Cape Town 7700 and
  • Guga S’Thebe, Washington Street, Langa, Cape Town 7456

Refreshments will be on sale.

South African Association for Jazz Education (SAJE)

The South African Association for Jazz Education (SAJE) is a section 21 non-profit organisation and since 1992 our mission has been to assure the growth of jazz in South Africa and the development of jazz and jazz education in urban and rural areas, to build the jazz arts community by advancing education and research, to promote skills development and performance, to develop new audiences, and to document, preserve and archive our South African jazz heritage.

• The 6th SAJE Jazz Festival is made possible by supporting grants from the SAMRO Foundation, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), and the Italian Institute for Culture (IIC) in Pretoria.
• Some musicians have received supporting grants from Concerts SA and Pro Helvetia.


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