UKZN Centre for Jazz and Popular Music’s Social Distancing online concerts
Press release: UKZN Centre for Jazz and Popular Music’s Social Distancing online concerts.
Centre for Jazz and Popular Music in conjunction with iSupport Creative Business have taken the initiative to marshal their resources by presenting a weekly concert, featuring 3 artists that will present a 20-minute set each. To watch the concert there is a charge of minimum R30 and once sending the Proof of Payment the audience will receive a link to the concert. The full contribution of the audience will go straight to the artists in an effort to support and sustain South Africa’s beloved musicians through this testing time.
We take great pride in our curation of these concerts that ensures that the broad range of music on offer is of a consistently high standard. We are prioritizing good quality with regard to audio, video and of course, performance.
The second concert in the series will take place on Wednesday 15 April and features the well-known double bassist Lex Futshane who will be presenting original compositions and arrangements of some local and international standards.
Secondly the concert will feature young talents Bandless, performance art collective with members who hail from various parts of the country. Bandless is not a band, thus they proclaim themselves as an artistic comradery which encompasses fine art, drama and live music. Their craft is a sonically mirrored reflection of society’s past, present and future.
Lastly vocalist and guitarist Tsholofelo and her band join the bill. She is performing originals from her debut album titled “Becoming” for which explores the notion of home as a feeling recognized within self and within others, as opposed to home as a physical structure. In it, Tsholofelo explores her identity as a woman and individual learning about life and love while reflecting on who she was, her upbringing and home environment. In no particular genre, she articulates her journey through a blend of different styles while remaining sonically cohesive.
Like many other performance spaces in the world, the Centre for Jazz and Popular and iSupport Creative Business had to suspend their weekly concerts due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the measures put in place to contain the virus. One of the consequences of the social distancing measures in place is that it effectively paralyzes the entertainment industry, both locally and abroad. Artists and various players in the sector are looking to technology and social media, which is remote in its very nature as a potential stop gap measure that could offer practitioners some financial recourse in the face of months of work that evaporated in a matter of days.
Musicians can submit a video that is created especially for the concert, which is likely to be a solo performance or very small ensemble in this period of social distance. You can also submit previously recorded videos that are not widely available on the internet, and are part of your personal archive.