January ends off with a jazzy note on 27 January 2019 at Windmill, Bloemfontein, Free State. Buoyed by the success of the spring edition of Jazz on the Lawn in September 2018, Windmill presents the first installment for 2019. Jazz enthusiasts can once again look forward to an afternoon of superlative jazz music by talent South African artists under summer skies. On the bill for Jazz on the Lawn at Windmill are John Paka, Sinoyolo Msolo and Bhudaza Mapefane. The event takes place from 14h00 to 20h00 and there is no entrance fee. Food and drinks will be on sale throughout the afternoon. No picnic baskets or cooler boxes will be permitted into the event. However, revellers are encouraged to bring picnic blankets to relax on.
“We are excited to present Jazz on the Lawn featuring three excellent performers who each bring their own unique jazzy style to the event. Round up your friends for an afternoon of laidback entertainment in a relaxed setting,” says Kamo Mohapi the PR & Promotions Coordinator at Windmill.
Musician and actor, John Paka hails from Bloemfontein and has been on the local music scene since 2008. He has worked with some of the country’s musical greats including Benjamin Dube, Simphiwe Dana and the internationally acclaimed gospel ensemble, MTN Joyous Celebration. He has also shared the stage with International artists such as Tamia, Maxwell and Anthony Hamilton.
Lesotho’s Bhudaza Mapefane is a self taught pianist and jazz musician who has been performing since the mid 1980s. Looking to grow his skills and expand his experience, he left the Village Pope to join Lucky Dube and toured Namibia, South Africa, Comoros Islands, Uganda and France. In 2005 he was booked alongside Hugh Masekela, Yellow Jackets, Joe Zawinal, Mariam Makeba and John Schofield at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Over the years, he has continued to be featured at respected jazz festivals, has released several albums and has received a prestigious South African Music Award (SAMA).
From the Eastern Cape, Sinoyolo Msolo was amongst the top 29 in SA Idols, Season 13 and made it to the finals of the Koysie Rising Star and Bloemfontein Talent Search competitions. He has impressed audiences at venues in his hometown of Flagstaff as well as in Bloemfontein.