Spha Mdlalose - 2020 Jazz & Classical Encounters Festival Vol 2The 2020 Jazz & Classical Encounters Festival Vol 2 @ Spier Amphitheatre featuring some of the best South African jazz and classical artists in a feast of contemporary music, will takes place on Saturday 28 November 2020.

The one-day festival at Spier Estate Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch begins at 1pm and will touch souls with a mix of jazz and classical icons for the next eight hours. The must-see event includes refreshment breaks and a chance to absorb the exquisite atmosphere of the estate.

The show will open with jazz vocalist and SAMA 2020 nominee Spha Mdlalose (pictured above), who will present Indlel’eyekhaya with Lumanyano Unity Mzi on drums, Zeke Le Grange on tenor saxophone, Steven de Sousa on bass, Blake Hellaby on piano and Robin Fassie on trumpet. They will be followed by an amazing ensemble of classical and traditional indigenous music Ancient Voices and friends presenting: Molweni Bosisi! and ft. Lungiswa Plaatjies, Nomapostile Nyiki, Nomakrestu Xakathugaga, Sarah Evans and Larissa Johnson.

Then, we’re delighted to welcome Navi Yuga: a Siya Makuzeni (vocals and trombone) and Darren English (trumpet) collaboration featuring Mpumi Dhlamini on keys and piano, Lumanyano Unity Mzi on drums, and Sean Sanby on bass.

Saxman Sisonke Xonti

Amazing line-up of talent

The next act is a long-awaited encounter between two South African legends, pianist Paul Hanmer and guitarist and singer Neo Muyanga, in Conversation. They will present brand new material written especially for this festival. This fresh body of work will reflect a broad musical landscape embracing Western Art music, Contemporary African Jazz and Chance music, as well as folk idioms from around the globe. Their sound, while contemporary, will reflect a deep history – reaching from Urban Maskandi all the way back to the Madrigals of 16th- century Italy.

The festival will end on a high note with the amazing talent of saxophonist and Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2020 Sisonke Xonti (pictured above), presenting uGaba The Migration, featuring Steven de Sousa on bass, Kyle Shepherd on piano, Tefo Mahola on drums and Sabu Jiyane on percussions.

2020 Jazz & Classical Encounters Festival Vol 2 schedule: 

Doors open at 12:15

1st Act – 1pm (Spha Mdlalose presents Indlel’eyekhaya)

1st Break – 2pm (for 30 minutes)

2nd Act – 2.30pm (Ancient Voices and friends present: Molweni Bosisi! Ft. Lungiswa Plaatjies, Nomapostile Nyiki, Nomakrestu Xakathugaga, Sarah Evans and Larissa Johnson)

2nd Break – 3.30pm (for 30 minutes)

3rd Act – 4pm (Navi Yuga: Siya Makuzeni and Darren English collaboration)

3rd Break – 5pm (for 30 minutes)

4th Act – 5.30pm (Paul Hanmer and Neo Muyanga in Conversation)

4th Break – 6.30pm (for 60 minutes)

5th Act – 7.30pm (Sisonke Xonti presents uGaba The Migration)

Event Ends: 8.45pm.

What: 2020 Jazz & Classical Encounters Festival Vol 2 @ Spier 2020

Where and when: Spier Wine Farm Amphitheatre, Total Lyneboch, R310 Baden Powell Dr, Lynedoch, Stellenbosch

Tickets: Quicket

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