We invite you to join Afro Arts SA in celebrating Africa Month with an exciting Rhythm and Blues programme on 27 and 28 May 2021. The programme will be streamed via afroarts.co.za and Facebook Page @AfricanWomenWritersNetwork and feature a range of artists that will resonate with the different genres and the different ages of music lovers.
We will be meeting online because of the Covid Pandemic, which has killed over 50 000 South Africans and affected thousands more who are currently in care. In celebrating Africa through musical rhythms and blues, we stand in solidarity with front line workers in the continent who against great odds save lives. We believe music is integral to this journey of survival, healing and hopefully it will inspire us to go through this period marked by social distance.
“We have assembled an in-house Rhythm and Blues band, directed by acclaimed jazz artist Avzal Ismail,” says Roshnie Moonsammy, director of Afro Arts, on the Rhythm and Blues Virtual Concert, “comprising a stellar range of South African jazz musicians of the likes of Mandla Mlangeni (Trumpet), Sisonke Xonti (Sax), Sims Tshabala (Drums), Tapelo Khumisi (Keys), Nhlanhla Radebe (Bass) and Mark Komane (Guitarist).”
Guest artists also featured are contemporary vocalist Bonj and bassist Aus Tebza, who has toured and recorded internationally. In addition, Standard Bank Young Artist award winner, trombone player, vocalist and composer Siya Makuzeni will also make an appearance. But that is not all. Other featured artists performing will include piano maestro Yonela Mnana, The Brother Moves On, Albert Frost, Andre Kriel from Black Cat Bones, actress and singer Nelisiwe Sibiya, Themby Khumalo, Femi Koya, legendary SA guitarist Bra Themba Mokoena, Gunshot Blue, and vocalist Lindsay McGuire.