THE launch for the 2nd annual MosJazz Music Festival in Mossel Bay took place at the Garden Route Casino on Saturday and judging by the lineup, it is destined to be an international affair seldom experienced on the Garden Route.
The lineup has a distinct international flavour, with Phil Fearon from the UK, Judy Boucher from the Caribbean, Andrew Young, the British saxophonist, Afro-Fiesta with an infectious mix of kwassa kwaasa from the DRC and Angola, and Choko from Trinidad and Tobago, bringing an eclectic mix of sounds to the Southern Cape.
Some of the country’s hottest talent will also be performing, including Emo Adams, Garth Taylor, Allou April and the Ghoema Project, Virtual Jazz Reality and Ernie Smith.
Special performances include Brent Krus, a guitar virtuoso from Cape Town celebrating the music of Carlos Santana. Karin Kortje is also invited back to pay tribute to her role model Aretha Franklin
UK singer, songwriter and producer Phil Fearon was massive in the 80s with his band Phil Fearon and Galaxy. They had major dance hits like “I can prove it”, “What do I Do”, “Everybody’s Laughing” and “Dancing Tight”.
Judy Boucher is a cult figure in South Africa and her song, “Can’t be with you Tonight”, is a firm party favourite in many a household.
Born in St. Vincent in the Caribbean, Boucher relocated to High Wycombe, England around 1970 and later joined musician brother Bruce’s band – which became Judy Jack and the Beanstalk.
After the band broke up, Judy went solo and scored a No. 1 hit on the reggae charts with “Dreaming of A Little Island” in 1985, with the debut album “Can’t Be with You Tonight” following in 1987.
Choko is becoming increasingly popular around the globe with his reggae and soca beats.
Born in Liverpool, England and now a resident of Vienna, Austria, Andrew Young has been classically trained from the age of 8 in both Clarinet and Saxophone.
After completing Saxophone and Clarinet studies in London, Andrew moved to Germany to pursue a desire for a broader and more eclectic involvement in all genres of music.
Appearing as soloist with various Symphony Orchestras in Holland and Germany, Andrew engaged in session work and concerts alongside Pop/Jazz/Funk luminaries such as Matt Bianco and the Precious Wilson Band. In 2010 he performed with Gino Vanelli, from Canada, in Holland.
Andrew’s Album “Magic Life”, with sales attaining Gold status, was recorded with Producer Garo Mafya in Istanbul.
Andrew has performed at various music festivals in South Africa, including: The International Jazz Festival, Cape Town, Jazz on the Rocks, National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and the Rand Easter Show.
Afro Fiesta is a renowned World Music group and with their infectious beat they have endeared themselves to fans around the globe.
The MosJazz Festival enjoys a unique setting with the stage located on the Rocks in the sea. The best vantage point for the music onstage is knee-deep in the water itself.
The combination of music in pristine natural spaces has enabled significant successes for the festival owners Camissa Solutions. Camissa has similar experiences on offer at Tietie’s Bay, Clanwilliam Dam, The Paarl Arboretum and the annual Love Jazz Cruise to Walvis Bay.
The International MosJazz Festival happens from 17 to 20 January 2019 at De Bakke Santos Resort. Tickets in Mossel Bay will be available at the Fork and Train.
A weekend pass costs R460, a day pass R175, a weekend pass for minors (12 – 18) R230 and kids younger than 12 get in for free.
Call 0215915208, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page MosJazz for more information.