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Ngwako Manamela was born at Riverside and raised in Mamelodi. While performing with other bands he caught the sharp ear and eye of Hugh Masekela who encouraged him to embark on a solo career. The result was his debut CD, Ngwako Ramelodi. The professional vibraphonist and band leader was inspired by the American muso Milt Jackson in the 1970s. By 2007 he had established the Manamela Bokamoso School of Creative Art in Soshanguve. The school was
sponsored by UNISA, while studio facilities were provided by Chissa Music.

Born in East London, South Africa, Lwanda Gogwana is a renowned musicologist, composer & recording artist and specializes in the therapeutic uses of music training & development programs.

Nombasa Maqoqo

Nombasa is passionate about cultivating a culture of song writing and hosts the JAA 2023 in buffalo City as the Master of Ceremonies

Theo Mngaza

Alto Saxophonist

Saxophonist Theo Mngaza began playing jazz at a very young age. He was born and raised in Gqeberha, Motherwell Eastern Cape, South Africa. Theo, who is only 19 years old and has the potential for a successful career, has already been in many performances.

Qhawekazi is an ethnomusicologist, researcher, musician, writer, and teacher, originally􏰁 from East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Her research, teaching, and performance interests lie in the presentation of indigenous knowledge systems and jazz music.

Christopher Dell


As a musician and composer, Christopher Dell works at the intersection of contemporary composed and improvised music.

To date, Christian Lillinger can be heard on about 100 recordings, including 23 under
his own name. In 2021 he received the German Jazz Award in two categories “Artist of the Year” and “Drums / Percussion”. Percussion” the German Jazz Award.

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NeAhtyah Mbuyazwe

East London Co-ordinator

Zintle Neahtyah Mbuyazwe is an African jazz music songwriter, vocalist, and performer. Born in Eastern Cape Engcobo in a village called Clarkebury. Currently she is studying music at the University of Fort Hare, specialising in Vocal Jazz and Jazz studies.

Mlungisi Gegana

Electric Bass

Mlungisi Gegana is a bass player, a band leader, music composer, music arranger, music producer, session musician and a mentor.

Sisonke Xonti

Saxohone, Clarinet

Sisonke Xonti, the 2020 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Jazz, is an increasingly well-known saxophonist.

Sakhile Simane

Trumpet Player

Born and raised in the township of Mdantsane, Sakhile started playing music at a very early age in The Salvation Army Brass Band in 2007.

Vuyo Giba


Vuyo Giba is a photographer with over a decade’s timeline of serving and delivering jazz images.

Sakhi Nompozolo

Eastern Cape Drums

Sakhi Nompozolo is a drummer, arranger and a bandleader from Nelson Mandela Bay. He started playing drums at the age of 13.

Chester Summerton

South African Pianist

Chester Summerton is an Mdantsane born young just jazz pianist who seeks to heal nations with his exquisite tickles of the ivory.

Peggy Luswazi

Eastern Cape Director

Peggy Nomfundo Luswazi was born in Kokstad South Africa as daughter of a pastors family and grew up in Anglican Mission Stations. After her degree at Fort Hare she worked as a teacher in secondary and high schools before she came to study psychology at the university of cologne and later West Berlin. She lectured at the institute for intercultural Education, free university and also at the third world unit of the technical university in West Berlin.

Born and raised in Mdantsane, East London in the Eastern Cape and influenced by her musical upbringing and lineage, Siphokazi Ngxokolo- Bili is a foremost jazz vocalist and educator.

Retsi Pule

Lead Vocalist

Retsi Pule is a jazz singer s born in King William’s Town in 1940. He is known for his smooth vocals, lively performances and American jazz influences.

Lex Futshane

South African Bass Player

Lex Futshane a prolific composer, arranger, educator, performer and an internationally proclaimed bassist (electric and acoustic), collaborator and educator.

About Sausage Films

Sausage Films produces audio visual works for better accessibility of South African Jazz and freedom culture to a include wider young and old audiences across gender, age, and colour. Celebrating the pioneers and legends of South African Jazz and freedom who left a legacy of sacrifice, self-expression, wisdom and bravery.

About Jazz Against Apartheid

After the inaugural Jazz Against Apartheid in Berlin 1986. Juergen Leinhos and his organisation Kultur im Ghetto continue the event building on the SA exiles and growing the movement to progressive European musicians. The JAA Archive of this era is a complete archive of 25 years of exile history.

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