“What is really important? What really matters?” These questions pop up arise when difficulties arise. The answers JAA Homecoming gave were visible and audible: Not giving in to minor upheavals but keeping in mind the objectives ahead – that is: Sharing the vitality of this music, promoting the existence of the forgotten exile (and exiled) art of Johnny Dyani – as one artist among others who was forced to leave the country; and inciting honor and pride for what artists like him fought for and achieved abroad while others, remaining in South Africa, struggled to free themselves from apartheid. Keeping in mind that the fight against apartheid was a shared fight: fought in many different areas, with many different people but with one objective: to end the terror of overall injustice caused by apartheid rule.
- The Workshop brought in 80 students of music.
- The concert brought in 75 paying guests and 140 in total.
- An additional club brought in 40 paying guests.
- Live stream received 2250 views
JAA Homecoming 2022 was a memorable premiere with its unusual combination of
- rehearsals among professional musicians from Great Britain, Canada and Germany and South African professionals;
- workshops of this mixed JAA set of musicians for students of music and the community around the Gompo Arts Centre
- the “rehearsal-gig” on Saturday – the night before the main event at the SBC – in House 87 as a first time ever concert of the JAA-veterans from Europe and Canada together with their South African JAA musical counterparts; and last but not least the concert at the Steve Biko Centre with its load shedding disturbance.
- Collaboration between veteran international musicians and young Eastern Cape musicians.
- Workshop in Duncan Village for future students of the music
- Introduction of the music of Johnny Dyani to schools, academies and teachers
- Celebration of music and freedom through a concert at Steve Biko Centre
- Singing the praises of a great unsung hero of Eastern Cape – Johnny Dyani