What would summer days be without jazz and cocktails?
#CourvoisierMoments – an award-winning jazz and cognac cocktail. (Image: Instagram Photos / Ramsy)
She dances barefoot, wearing the prettiest high waisted dress. Dressed in a suit and moccasins, he is at the height of his energy and his movements, their two heads bowed, soft smiles on their lips. The famous image of Malian photographer Malick Sidibe is in black and white but the energy is in technicolor.
You can almost imagine that they are dancing the tsaba-tsaba, and you can hear the music they are vibrating to. Something reminiscent of the days of The Jazz Epistles, Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Dorothy Masuka … some of the names that are the basis of South African jazz music. A sound influenced by the rich cultural heritage of the people of the nation and of course by African and African American music.
These musicians in turn influenced the birth of new names such as Thandi Ntuli, Bokani Dyer, Sisonke Xonti, Mandisi Dyantyis, Nduduzo Makhatini, Benjamin Jephta, the Brother Moves On among others who have perpetuated the music of the 50s to create a new and the particular sound of jazz and the jazz tradition.
It’s that same sound that brings guest Tumi Morule out of his seat and spontaneously begins riffing at Bokani Dyer on the keys, on the roof of Southern Sun Hyde Park during a #CourvoisierMoments event. Then a young couple sets out on the dance floor. She wears heels and a canary yellow dress with fluttering pleated panels when turned by her vividly dressed partner wearing a shiny fedora, waistcoat and moccasins.
These are #MomentsCourvoiser – an invitation to celebrate and appreciate the finer things in life, and to truly savor life’s joyful moments through music and food.
Award-winning jazz artists Bokani Dyer and Sisonke Xonti alongside DJ Kenzhero and Tha Muzik are part of the musical program supported by Shilungwa Mhinga, to create an upbeat and uplifting modern jazz musical tapestry.
Dyer’s latest album, Kelenosi, is a genre-defying offering. Composed and recorded during confinement, it explores and offers interpretive jazz, electronic dance and afrobeats. As he taps the keys and improvises at the microphone, the sun is finally breaking through the clouds on this rainy Saturday afternoon.
Muzi Mtshali aka DJ Tha Muzik, known for playing house rhythms influenced by funk, jazz and hiphop with Afro and Latin sounds hops on the decks to change the tempo.
Along with music maestro Kenneth Nzama aka DJ Kenzhero, he is the co-founder of Obrigado evenings inspired by Latin African music and bossa nova and a show called What is Wrong with Grooving, an audio documentary that has studied various socio-political problems based on poetry. and music compiled by the duo. The now-defunct show paid tribute to trombonist Jonas Gwangwa, Masekela, among other jazz greats. Tha Muzik and Kenzhero are an integral part of modern Johannesburg musical culture.
Courvoisier daytime opportunity reimagined
The set of elegantly dressed revelers, rooftop setting and music combine to create an intoxicating cocktail. In fact, it is this particular recipe that inspired the creation of two Courvoisier cocktails, and reinvented for a contemporary audience. Fresh and vibrant while remaining true to its heritage roots, the Gala and the French Twist are joyful, generous and sophisticated at the same time.
And as the tunes mellow, the sun sets gently over Sandton’s skyline, and cocktails give way to goblets of Courvoisier VSOP on the rocks. Music is a unifier; and jazz music creates community. South African jazz puts you under your skin and has the ability to be completely transporting through its global influences and interpretations, to take you on a mad rush with its trance rhythm and to instantly make you feel at home at the same time. thanks to the instrumentation and the unique marabi sound. Explaining its social impact in an interview with IOL, Makhatini said, “Jazz is a genre that relies on the surrounding conversations of surrounding energy fields.”
He was referring to the role he has played in the lives of black South Africans since the 1950s and 1960s; how sound developed to reflect the times and evolves as it is touched by artists who have now pioneered and continue to redefine the sound of 21st century jazz, one of the forms most dynamic African art, to quote writer and music researcher Gwen Ansell.
This article is sponsored by Courvoisier produced by BrandStudio24 for News24.