Following 17 years of providing the greater Joburg jazz-loving community with stellar monthly performances, the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre will celebrate its 17th anniversary this month by welcoming renowned Afro Jazz musician, Oliver Mtukudzi, to the lead the line-up at the Birchwood Comes Alive Jazz Evening, in association with the City of Ekurhuleni, on Friday 8 June.
Known as the “grandmaster of traditional Zimbabwean Pop” and having just released his 67th album, Oliver Mtukudzi, will be headline the evening with his deep voice and lyrical masterpieces that reflect everyday struggles.
“Every month, we are faced with the challenge of selecting our line-up from an ocean of African talent. It is so wonderful to see how the local music scene is rapidly growing, forming new genres and sounds that are both familiar and modern. We want to keep showcasing local storytellers and talent that inspires our nation to pursue their dreams and conquer any challenge,” says Jazzman Mahlakgane, Director of The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre.
Supporting Mtukudzi are The Afro Tenors, offering a fusion of African tradition and European Opera. Representing South Africa at various international events, the three tenors Agos Moahi, Given Mabena and Lucky Sibandan have shared the stage with a variety of local and international headliners. Passionate about showcasing diversity, the group merges their love of Opera with sounds reminiscent of local culture.
Upcoming Afro Pop songstress, Naledi Brown, will open the evening, just after releasing her debut album, Buyel’ekhaya. Having started her career as a backing vocalist, she has come a long way in releasing her solo album fifteen years later.
Spicing up the evening with some humour are comedians Elton Mduduzi and Simphiwe Shembe, who will be joining resident MC Hector Motivator on the Birchwood Hotel stage.
“We welcome Gauteng’s Jazz-fans to join us in celebrating local talent, meeting new friends and creating memories. Our anniversary celebration is definitely something you don’t want to miss,” says Mahlakgane.
Get ready for an unforgettable evening shared with friends, family and fellow Jazz-lovers. Tickets are 450 a person or R 4 500 for a table of 10 and includes a delicious three-course meal. Starting at 8pm sharp, book your seats for the Birchwood Comes Alive Jazz Evening on 8 June at the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre. For more information or to book contact Portia Rathebe on (011) 897 0024, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.birchwoodhotel.co.za.