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BEING NINA SIMONE

Returning to the stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1976, Nina Simone prefaced her performance with, “I think the only way to tell you who I am these days is to sing a song.” By Colleen Kelsey Born Eunice Waymon in rural North Carolina in 1933, Simone trained as a classical pianist as a child. Earning the moniker “The …

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UNRELEASED MILES DAVIS

We’re premiering an unreleased performance off a new box set celebrating 20 years of the jazz legend’s brilliance. By James Joiner The cultural ramifications of jazz great Miles Davis are still being heard today in EDM, rock, hip-hop, and, of course, jazz. Over the course of his long and storied career, Davis maintained a 20-year relationship with the historic Newport …

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ERNIE SMITH

“I Love being in studio writing and singing, but nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing my music touching people through the gift of song.” – Ernie Smith Multi-award winning jazz musician, Ernie Smith has become synonymous with fine craftsmanship of quality contemporary jazz and urban music. He was born with a rare talent of appealing to music lovers from …

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WOOLWORTHS: SINGWITHUS

Woolworths announces the strategic collaboration, a first of its kind for a South African retailer, with Grammy Award-winning musician, record producer and philanthropist, Pharrell Williams. The collaboration sees the global superstar and the business align their values and actions to make a difference in the lives of people, and the planet. This September, one school singing group in South Africa …

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IRON MAIDEN: BOOK OF SOULS

Iron Maiden’s eagerly awaited new studio album ‘The Book Of Souls’ will be released globally on 4th September through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the U.S.A.). It was recorded in Paris with their longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that vocalist …

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GUITAR GIANTS

Join us for a day of masterful guitar sounds amidst the NIROX Sculpture I Winter 2015 exhibition. There will be a fully stocked bar offering a delicious selection of drinks – including Glühwein. Cuisine on offer will be courtesy of the Epicurean Emporium. Gates open at 10am with music from 11am. There is ample secure parking inside the venue and …

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LEON BRIDGES

When Leon Bridges sings, he often raises his arms in a chest-opening gesture that might resolve in a benediction or a finger snap. Like the music the 25-year-old Fort Worth soul sensation has carefully crafted for his debut, his signature move seems simple, but hold many meanings. It recalls the stance Bridges’ stated role model Sam Cooke frequently took, including …

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SYDNEY MNISI

Johnnie Walker Red Hot Jazz presents saxophonist Sydney Mnisi. Recalling how he got into Jazz, he said, “it was a calling I could not resist…” Artistic genius, so the popular sentiment goes, always makes manifest of itself at a tender age, born Sydney Ace Mnisi in Edenvale JHB- Tembisa, very rarely does one get into the game at a relatively …

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JOHNNY CLEGG AWARDED AN OBE

Music legend Johnny Clegg has been awarded with an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II, the British High Commission said on Sunday. “Buckingham Palace has released the 2015 Birthday Honours list and the British High Commission is delighted to announce that South African artist, activist and philanthropist Johnny Clegg has been honoured with the Officer of the Order of the British …

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KENNY ROGERS FAREWELL TOUR

Due to exceptional demand Big Concerts has confirmed that an additional Kenny Rogers Johannesburg date has been added to his ‘Farewell South Africa’ tour on 17th June 2015 at the Big Top Arena, Carnival City. Kenny will also be supported by the country legends “Big Daddy” Lance James, “Queen of Country” Barbara Ray, “Midnight Cowboy” Clive Bruce and “The Killer” …