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Joburg shows to hit a high note

By Edward Tsumele | Aug 19, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THIS year the organisers of the annual Johannesburg showpiece Arts Alive seem to be spot on with their programming.

THIS year the organisers of the annual Johannesburg showpiece Arts Alive seem to be spot on with their programming.

There is something for everybody - from music, theatre, and visual arts to dance.

But it is especially the main draw card, Jazz on the Lake, that seems to point to the thoughtfulness of the organisers in terms programming.

Music has always been intimately linked with the Arts Alive International Festival and in 2009 it again claims the festival spotlight.

For many Joburgers and outsiders the highlight of the music programme is undoubtedly Jazz on the Lake, which will be led by Senegal's legendary Omar Pene as the international headliner.

Pene came to fame as lead singer of Super Diamono, one of the longest-running Senegalese popular bands. He became a solo artist who is renowned for his sensitive and moving socially conscious lyrics atop Mbalax rhythm.

Among the South African attractions is Selaelo Selota, who is currently making waves in the US. Other draw cards are hip-hop flagbearer Zulu Boy and the Standard Bank Young Artists Jazz Trio of Concord Nkabinde, Kesivan Naidoo and Mark Fransmann.

The opening also sees Arts Alive partnering with Moshito on a breathtaking World Music Concert at the Bassline on September 5.

Jazz on the Lake is a free concert as is Eldo's Jazz Festival. It provides a platform for aspiring jazz artists to share the stage with established artists. This family friendly event takes place on September 27, the closing day of Arts Alive.

An inspired addition to the 2009 Arts Alive International Festival is the African Connections event, which brings possibly the largest gathering of African musicians to Joburg.

In a line-up of true excellence, world music fans should look out for Tarika Be. This Madagascan group was voted one of the 10 best bands in the world by Time magazine in 2001. The African Connection event takes place over the weekend of September 25 and 26 .


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