Jazz greats at inaugural Tzaneen fest

Tzaneen – Jazz lovers in Limpopo can look forward to performances by the likes of Jonas Gwangwa and Maduvha at the inaugural Jazz in the Garden festival in Tzaneen on Saturday.

The festival, which will be held at the Letaba show grounds from 5pm, will also serve as the opening ceremony for the Southern Africa Inter-Municipal Games starting on Sunday.

“Jazz in the Garden will provide a safe and inviting setting for music lovers to set up their camping chairs, socialise and enjoy some of South Africa’s finest jazz in a spectacular setting,” said Tzaneen Mayor Othaniel Jambasa Mushwana.

“The jazz genre was chosen because of its ability to entertain people across all racial, cultural and age spectrums. Jazz transcends social class and standards, touching many hearts in multiple ways.”

The festival is expected to bring in much-needed support for local businesses, especially those in transport and hospitality, and help the area diversify its economy, which is mostly agriculture-based.

Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale said in future, people will not speak about jazz in the country without mentioning Tzaneen. “This event is the beginning of a new era for the province.”

Other acts that have been confirmed include Selaelo Selota, DJ Cleo as well as a line-up of some of Limpopo’s most talented musicians and deejays.

Food and drinks will be sold at the hospitality marquees and visitors will not be allowed to bring their own onto the premises.

Tickets cost R160 from Computicket and Shoprite outlets, and R180 at the gate. – BuaNews

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