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Paying tribute to SA Jazz legends

Over 50 musicians from all over the world will entertain jazz lovers at the Baseline.

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Preparations are underway for the annual Joy of Jazz Festival which will take place next weekend at the Baseline in Johannesburg.

The event will take place from 22 - 24 August and over 50 artists will be performing on the various stages.

Peter Tladi, who is the executive producer of the festival, told Talk Radio 702/567 Cape Talks' Redi Thlabi they have a world class line-up.

Sibongile Mngoma, Tia Fuller and Abdullah Ibrahim will be among the entertainers.

"Everybody looks forward to coming down here. People follow their musicians as well and that's why we have musicians from all over the world. The line-up represents the world. We have South Americans, Argentinians, Americans, English people, Europeans and Asians. We have Africans and South Africans. The world is meeting at Joy of Jazz in Newtown."

Meanwhile, the legendary Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse, who will also be performing at the event, told Thlabi his performance will be dedicated to the late jazz legends Zim Ngqawana and Bheki Mseleku.

"I actually want people to remember the contribution they made to the South African music landscape and tapestry. When we attained freedom, Bheki was one of those very euphoric musicians who was really looking forward to coming home to perform and share his own international experience.

"The unfortunate part is that he never had enough platforms for him to express that. He had to go back to the UK where he eventually died. He came home euphoric and went back despondent."

He said Ngqawana also received very little appreciation from the South African public.

"We need to pay homage to some of those great musicians, including people like Victor Ndlazilwana. We need to start really appreciating the contribution that these musicians have given."

Tickets are available at Computickets.