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Herbie Tsoaeli Set To Pay Tribute To Masters Before Him On His Standard Bank Joy Of Jazz Performance

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It is an honor to be able to share his experiences with others at the next Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, according to legendary bassist Herbie Tsoaeli, who grew up in environments where music was abundant.

The 2023 edition is held at the Sandton International Convention Center on September 29 and 30 and is sponsored by TimesLIVE and Sowetan.

He will soon perform a project in memory of the late Johnny Mbizo Dyani, a great vocalist and pianist from South Africa.

He tells TshisaLIVE that attendees should go to the festival in order to experiment and experience the creative exploration he would be giving that evening.

“People must just come because I will be paying tribute to the masters that came before us bo Ntate Johnny, Dr Bheki Mseleku and Ntate Winston Mankunku.

That’s the kind of programme I’ve been working on for years to pay my homage to these great statesmen of this country. There is greatness in SA in all spheres we have Biko, all these great writers. So it interconnects with all of that, the music should take you to those levels when music is played.”

Swiss harpist Andreas Vollenweider and American pianist Robert Glasper are the festival’s international headliners. They will perform at the festival’s three stages, Dinaledi, Conga, and Mbira, alongside South African performers.

“I’m honoured to be invited by Joy of Jazz, Ntate Peter Tladi and Mme Montoa, it is very special to me that they thought of me as well, because most of the jazz festivals I’m not there, there can be many festivals but you will never see Ntate Tsoaeli in the line-up but there is jazz all over the country.”

Herbie claimed that he never knows how to respond when asked what the audience may anticipate. A boxer once compared it to watching boxing and responding when asked whether he thought he would reach the second or third round by saying that with him, the round is rounded.

“I don’t know what can they expect, but people who know this music will come and heal as it healed me because of this shared beautiful complexity. Its just a statement for power and human creativity kind of thing with boundless opportunities for artistic creativity.”

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