Collaboration Concepts Launches Living Jazz Giants Project

Collaboration Concepts Productions today announced the artists to be featured in the “Jazz Giants Project” at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. The event will be staged at John Kani Theatre space on the 17 and 18 January 2020 and is funded by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) in association with the Market Theatre Foundation.

The two-featured artist are pianist Andile Yenana and saxophonist Khaya Mahlangu. The project follows the successful recordings of the same project by Feya Faku and Marcus Wyatt in 2014. The albums subsequently went on to win the coveted South African Music Awards for Jazz.

There are three phases to this initiative comprising of arrangements of new material for a Big Band performance, DVD and sound recording in front of a live audience, filming of a documentary and compilation of the music scores in book form. The material will be distributed to reference libraries and music institutions. This will assist in building an archive of influential South African musicians and their works but most importantly, it will give jazz students a reference point.

Speaking at the launch, the CEO of Collaboration Concepts Production and well-known broadcaster Ike Phaahla said this was a passion of love whose legacy is priceless and ageless. He thanked the Arts Distributing Agency of the NLC for funding the project and the Market Theatre Foundation for supporting the project.

The Commissioner of the NLC, Thabang Mampane, was thrilled to be funding a project that will contribute to the history of Jazz in the country and globally. She went on to say, “There are a lots of stories to be told and we are happy to continue with these two artists who are legends and that their stories and works will inspire young musicians who will derive invaluable lessons from what we are going to compile through this initiative. We are dealing with an issue of empowering our future musicians and honouring those who are still with us, giving them an opportunity to express themselves musically and share their stories with us,” said Mampane.

The two featured artists are synonymous with Jazz. They are both accomplished composers, arrangers, producers and mentors. Their names appear on most notable jazz recordings alongside legends such as Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Winston Mankunku Ngozi and many others.

The live recordings will be on the 17 and 18 January 2020 and tickets are available at webticket. Music fans are urged to buy them early, as seats are limited.


Performance times:                            Friday and Saturday @20h00

Ticket prices:                                       Friday and Saturday R150.00

To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203/

083 246 4950, Magret Charova 011 832 1641 ext 326/ 079 656 2340 and Jabulisile Mofolo 011 832 1641 ext 204/ 083 203 0531

For further information, interviews and images, contact:

Lusanda Zokufa, Senior Publicist
Market Theatre 011 832 1641 ext 202 or 072 367 7867