Jazzy July all about youthful sounds
of Jazz at the Market Theatre


The first of many Jazzy July series will be launched at the Market Theatre to keep audiences warm with the celebration of the new creators of the Jazz sound in South Africa. The unforgettable jazz programme will celebrate great musical traditions from across the African continent.

The musicians in the first of the series are pianist and composer, Nduduzo Makhathini, the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist (Jazz) Thandi Ntuli and Billy Monama who have made their own mark in the South African sector. They are key torchbearers of the current generation of South African young jazz musicians. There line line-up taken from the baton of artists like the late Bra Hugh Masekela, is sure to get audiences excited.

Billy Monama often works as musical director for the Vuyani Dance Company. His debut album, Rebounce, was released in 2016. He has developed a great sense of melody by composing very catchy tunes without compromising the depth of the music. His music is influenced and informed by non-musical surroundings. Monama may have a strong Jazz influences but he is pushing boundaries all the time to incorporate many different musical cultures in his sounds.

Nduduzo Makhathini was born into a musical family with a pianist mother and guitar-playing father. Makhathini was named the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2015 just days before he launched his first two albums, Sketches of Tomorrow and Mother Tongue, conceived at different times but released together.

His third album, Listening to the Ground was nominated for best jazz album at the South African Music Awards in 2016.  Album number 5, Inner Dimensions, won best jazz album at the 2017 SAMA’s as well as best traditional jazz album at the Mzansi Jazz Awards 2017.

Thandi Ntuli is a leading young pianist and composer among a rich cadre of South Africa’s young crop of jazz musicians. Her broad musical vision has seen her shine in various musical contexts. Ntuli plays with equal excitement alongside experimental outfits where she collaborates with a vinyl spinning DJ or in the company of a classic jazz band or the philharmonic orchestra.

The Jazzy July offering will start with a youthful focus affair suitable for jazz enthusiasts of all ages. The musicians will dabble across different genres and take audiences down memory lane with some of South Africa’s popular sounds throughout the evening. Far from a cutting-edge collaboration the music will reverberate with all musicians.

This new instalment of the Jazzy July series will be dedicated to Jazz revellers who are looking for up close and personal performances with the industry’s best jazz artists.

Performance venue, dates and times:

Venue:  The John Kani Theatre @The Market Theatre

  • Billy Monama Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July @ 20h00
  • Thandi Ntuli Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July @ 20h00
  • Nduduzo Makhathini Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July @20h00

Early Bird Special Ticket prices: R100.00
Normal tickets R150.00

To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641 ext 203
or Yusrah Bardien 011 832 1641 ext 204

Released by Market Theatre Foundation Publicity Department

Lusanda Zokufa – Senior Publicist Market Theatre Foundation
011 832 1641 ext 123 or 072 367 7867