Jazz Against Apartheid
The title for the 2023 event is “Beyond Exile” and fulfils the mission of founder JürgenLeinhos as he said it is his acceptance speech for the OR Tambo Presidential Direction in Silver (2021): “Our concern was and is to save this art of exile from oblivion with the music of Johnny Dyani. In our project Jazz against Apartheid we therefore also see a key for the cultural memory of South Africa,” he wrote.
Beyond Exile has such depth of meaning and potential not only in the music and cultural expressions presented, but also in the context of cultural exchange and international cooperation.
Now in its 38th year abroad JAA has longevity, sustainability and is bringing positive change through cultural tourism and skills transfer (nachwuchsförderung) to South Africa.
Founded in Frankfurt 1986, Jazz Against Apartheid remains a highly relevant movement in all aspects of social improvement including economic Emancipation, Rural Development and Cultural Tourism.
Through the positive-sustainable impact of the international community there is growth of music and performance capacity through skill development, knowledge sharing/transfer, and training initiatives.
• Creating the basis for an ongoing international cultural exchange around the compositions of exiled South African jazz musicians.
• Contributing to the living archive, and dynamic knowledge foundation for the cultural heritage and music of liberation of South African exiles, thereby furthering the cause of freedom, equality, social responsibility and humanity through Jazz.
• Shedding light on the immense importance and impact of jazz music as a liberating art form.
• Bridging the gaps between geography, history and economy, through this direct meetings
between international and South African musicians to collaborate and grow together
Jazz Against Apartheid is a well-established and recognised international concert series that has stood for the oppressed and Brough long-term and sustainable change. Since 2022 it is a growing network for audience development, venue collaborators, music development initiatives. community centre and education institution and heritage development resources including centres, exhibition and museums.
Mutually beneficial opportunities to support the 2023 tour of South Africa titled “Beyond Exile”
December 13 2023: Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre
December 14 2023: Nirox Arts
December 16 2023: Gompo Arts Centre Duncan Village East London
December 17 2023 Steve Biko Centre King Williams Town
2024 – planning stages …
- Collaboration between veteran international musicians and young Eastern Cape musicians.
- Workshop in undeserved communities for future students of the music
- Transcription and publishing of sheet music for schools, academies and teachers
- Celebration of music and liberation heroes of the freedom struggle
- Reviving the Eastern Cape Jazz Legacy
Sustainable development, opportunity uplifts the growth of music and performance capacity of the region. We witnessed this in Buffalo City 2022 and Duncan Village in particular. A musical movement built on a foundation of skills transfer in knowledge sharing/transfer, and training in creativity and entrepreneurship.
Jazz Against Apartheid
Thank you to support by governments, churches, unions and civil society in South Africa and Germany is an international music education and skills transfer co-operation built around the role of jazz music as an instrument of social and political change.
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