Africa’s premier jazz festival takes place on 29 and 30 September 2023 at the Sandton International Convention Central, with an exciting line-up of headlining jazz stars from across the world. Over two fun-filled days, across the four main stages, the producers of the 2023 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz have curated a show for music lovers to reconnect and feel the jazz everywhere.
Adopting the theme Feel the Jazz, Everywhere! and on four stages – Dinaledi, Grand, Conga and Mbira – music enthusiasts are in for a diverse range of performances and genres. Headlining the Dinaledi Stage is Grammy Award-winning Swiss harpist Andreas Vollenweider and local musicians Ayanda Nhlangothi, Vusi Nhlapo and Vuyo Tshuma.
The Grand Stage will feature trumpeter Marcus Wyatt and guitar maestro Ernie Smith, while the Conga Stage is set to host Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper and other revered contemporary jazz giants. Joy of Jazz will also pay homage to departed jazz legends with special tribute performances: Guitarist Billy Monama’s tribute to Allen Kwela will feature special guests Titi Luzipo and Mimi Mtshali, while the Hugh Masekela Band will honour the late South African jazz legend.
For diverse musical tastes, the Mbira Stage boasts names such as a Zonke, Buhlebendalo, Max-Hoba, Ami Faku, Langa Mavuso, Samthing Soweto and Simphiwe Dana.