The first Matroosfontein Jazz Reunion welcomes in a new series on the area’s entertainment calendar. Hosted by Uncle Cal Entertainment, this showcase, which is all about music, food, fun and reminiscing, will be held on 15 February 2020 from 4pm to 1am at the Elsbury Primary School in Matroosfontein.

The Matroosfontein Jazz Reunion is a gathering of ex-inhabitants of Matroosfontein and the people who used to frequent the area – a chance to re-live “the good old days”.

Here are the Matroosfontein Jazz Reunion artists

N2 Jazz Band (5 piece jazz band)
Vernon Castle (male vocal crooner)
Donvino (saxophonist)
August West (saxophonist)
Major 7 (youth jazz band)
Bonteheuwel Jazz Yard Academy (youth jazz band)
Dr. John (veteran DJ)
Isibane Disco (veteran DJ)
DJ Mac (veteran DJ)

August West appears at the Matroosfontein Jazz Reunion
August West appears at the Matroosfontein Jazz Reunion

A mini jazz festival

Elsies River and Matroosfontein in particular is well-known for its rich cultural heritage over the past 60 years. The area has produced brilliant musicians and sportsmen – most notably football players who made their name at Elsbury Park Football Grounds in Matroosfontein.

This event encapsulates a mini jazz festival and the elements of the old backyard house parties referred to as huisjolle, which were enjoyed during the time when it was popular to host a dance party in the local communities. People from all areas flocked to Matroosfontein to clap up the music of legendary DJs and artists who were established in this region.

The late iconic Robbie Jansen was a resident of Matroosfontein, whilst contemporary artists like pianist Camillo Lombard, saxophonist, Donvino Prins and The Voice national winner, Craig Lucas, all hail from the region which forms part of Elsies River. For Prins, it will be a special homecoming, as he was a learner at Elsbury Primary.

Another treat will be the performance of young sax sensation August West. West is also from Matroosfontein and was inspired by Donvino. The two of them will be doing a tribute to Robbie Jansen.

The Rockets, also had its founding roots in Matroosfontein, while jazz singer Vernon Castle is from Bishop Lavis and laid the foundations for his long career in Elsies.

Some famous DJs of yesteryear from the area, such as Dr John, Isibane and DJ Mac, have been invited to attend.

This community empowerment initiative works in conjunction with the Band Aid charity arm.

Book Matroosfontein Jazz Reunion tickets at Webtickets at R120 each and Pick n Pay stores until 31 January 2020. Thereafter tickets are R140.

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What: Matroosfontein Jazz Reunion
When: 15 February 2020, 4pm to 1am
Where: Elsbury Primary School Matroosfontein
Info: 082 950 8625,