Opera and all that jazz

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

On June 8 jazz lovers will once again converge to enjoy smooth sounds from classical outfit Afro Tenors, as well as the "Lady of Song", Judith Sephuma.

It is time for another edition of the successful Oude Meester East Comes Alive jazz series at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni.

The Afro Tenors continue to inspire music lovers and there is no reason to doubt that this time around they will not do what they do best, entertain the audience and lift their spirits.

This is one of those rare occasions when their South African fans will share intimate moments with the Afro Tenors.

They will perform opera while Judith Sephuma will offer Afro-jazz, and Kenny Nkwashu will host his mature party slot live with his old tunes.

Six years ago the concept was conceived with the aim of bringing the East Rand into the world of entertainment and introducing the four-star establishment to all those South Africans who are not fully aware of what's happening around them.

The Birchwood has since become the home of up-market jazz in Gauteng.

The hotel's marketing director, Jazzman Mahlakgane, the man behind the concept, said: "Considering the lineup of the evening, we have decided to offer our patrons anniversary hotel rates for that evening taking into consideration that the event could end in the early hours of the morning. Patrons are advised to book their seats early to avoid disappointment. It is going to be a first-come, first-served affair and all our loyal patrons must be ready for one big evening.

"The Afro Tenors will perform live with a band and orchestra before Judith Sephuma comes on stage with her surprise act to take patrons down memory lane."