Soweto Jazz festival hit by poor turnout

18 June 2019 - 09:22
By Patience Bambalele
Amanda Black graced the stage at the Soweto International Jazz Festival this weekend
Image: Instagram / Amandablacksa Amanda Black graced the stage at the Soweto International Jazz Festival this weekend

The second Soweto International Jazz Festival that took place at GOG Lifestyle Centre in Soweto over the weekend had poor turnout. The festival that has been smeared by a rights dispute and criticism of its "unjazz" line-up started on Friday and ended on Sunday.

It was staged by New Orleans-based company International Arts Solutions (IAS). The line-up comprised both local and international stars such as Pieces of Dream, Third World, Rahim Davon, Amanda Black, Sipho Hostix Mabuse, Ernie Smith, Lady Zamar and Mi Casa.

Amanda Black and Nasty C were billed to perform on Friday. They are said to have arrived on time for sound check and were then told not to return for performances due to poor audience.

Stage and technical manager Ability Ngcobo confirmed that artists were advised not to come back after sound check on Friday due to poor turnout.

"It was cold on Friday. I believe the festival was well-organised. On Saturday and Sunday we had performances."

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