Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and instead of buying a cliché gift for your soulmate, treat them to a romantic jazz experience like no other. The Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening, taking place at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg on 16 February, will feature triple-platinum artist Nathi Mankayi, SAMA award-winning songstress and reality TV star Kelly Khumalo, and Afro-Fusion songstress Zamajobe Sithole, in an evening that promises to be an unforgettable experience.
In partnership with The City of Ekurhuleni, The Sowetan, Mail & Guardian and The Star newspapers, Nathi Mankayi, acclaimed for having produced the fastest selling album in SA, “Buyelekhaya”, will headline the evening. Not only was his debut album a hit on the local scene, 10 songs on the album all made the Top 30 singles on world charts.
Also making a lead performance is singer and actress Kelly Khumalo, who needs little introduction. Among her numerous awards, most recently her musical accolades include the Metro FM Award for Best Female Album, as well as a double SAMA Award Nominee for Best African Adult Album and Female Artist of the year 2017. Kelly has opened for international Rap star, Missy Elliot, has her own reality show Rolling With Kelly and has a best-selling biography “The Kelly Khumalo Story”.
Supporting these local greats is Zamajobe Sithole, who first made her debut in the Top 10 of Idols Season 2, and won Best Newcomer in the 2005 SAMA Awards. Inspired by Eric Clapton, Sabelo Gxoyiya, Letta Mbulu, Abigail Khubeka, and Khadja Nin, her music resonates as a fusion of Afro-Jazz, Soul and Funk.
As always, resident MC Hector Motivator will direct the evening’s entertainment in his humorous way, while the Napsta, also known as Napoleon Masinga, will bring his high energy impersonations, accents, ventriloquism, alter-ego’s and musi-comedy to the evening’s entertainment. Proud of his clean sense of humour, the Napsta’s unique humour caters to a broad audience.
The Valentine’s edition of the Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening is a must on your February calendar – whether in a relationship or just looking for a good time with single friends on Valentine’s weekend. Enjoy a delicious three-course meal, and a fun-filled evening on Friday, 16 February at The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre. Tickets are R450 per person and R4 500 for a table of 10. Starting at 8pm sharp, be sure to book early to secure your spot! For more information or to book contact Portia Rathebe on (011) 897 0024, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.birchwoodhotel.co.za.