The 2023 event is titled “Beyond Exile” and is the first chapter of Jazz Against Apartheid in Johannesburg. “Beyond Exile” is a living heritage organic experience of 60 years of exile history and 36 years of friendships formed in the struggle through the jazz Against apartheid movement.
The Jazz Against Apartheid Mission Statement, “making an essential aspect of the buried cultural heritage accessible to a young generation of professional jazz musicians who have grown up in the post-Apartheid society,” is coming true in multiple ways.
That this event takes place at the state of the art Nirox at the cradle of the human kind is historic in itself. The Jazz Against Apartheid musical veterans brought a new jazz expression to Europe. Their freedom of expression provided a breakthrough for European musicians. And now in South Africa it is envisaged the project may provide breakthrough for the future generations of South African born stars.
The world class musical collaboration around the compositions of Johnny Dyani is the highlight. Some of the musicians who have performed this music include :
The initial collaboration of Eastern Cape musicians with international veterans was : Claude Deppa (tp), Allen Jacobson (tb), Tobias Delius (ts), Daniel Guggenheim (ts), John Edwards (b), Makaya Ntshoko (dr), Thomas Dyani (perc) Christopher Dell (vib) Christian Lillinger (dr) NeAtyah Mbuyazwe (voc), Sisonke Xonti (sax), Sakhile Simani (tp), Chester Summerton (p), Lex Futshane (b), Sakhi Nompozolo (dr) Rets Pule (voc) Siphokazi Ngxokolo-Bili (voc) Mlungisi Gegana (bass)
Jazz Against Apartheid live at NIROX promises to be an international co-operation with significant outreach including music tuition, dialogue sessions and business seminars and on-the-job training, mentorship and facilitation through Nirox’s Kromdraai Impact Hub. A multi-purpose event serving as a collaborative platform for amateur musicians, an incubation program for youth performers as well as a bridge between young South Africans and international professionals and a focused to provide access for audience of individuals that may otherwise miss this opportunity of interacting with these world class performers.
“Beyond Exile” adds publishing of a Songbook, business seminars, on-the-job training and skills development, audience development and and the Jazz Against Apartheid principles of music education, skills transfer and economic stimulus or what is known in Germany as “Nachwuchsforderung” – the conscious policy and practice of transferring societal values, knowledge and skills to the next generation.
As publisher Elisabeth Ehrhorn says, “In the concerts, but also in master classes and workshops, in the encounters with orchestras in schools and in communities, it should come to a küntleirsch-kutlrelle exchange, which announces the own richness of each tradition.”