In November 2019, Emirates announced its second edition of Emirates Pursuit of Jazz, in partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG), in a search to find South Africa’s super jazz band. Through a partnership with Vodacom, subscribers to Vodacom Video Play can now meet the band by watching 10 episodes for free and get to know the winning jazz musicians and their journey.

Emirates Super Band on ice
Emirates Super Band on ice

Emirates Pursuit of Jazz series on ice

Emirates wanted to showcase the awesome talent within South African jazz by providing musicians with a global stage onboard their aircraft. Starting from January 2020, Emirates Pursuit of Jazz series will debut on ICE, their award-winning inflight entertainment system where passengers from over 159 destinations can meet the band members and watch their story.

Emirates on ice episodes

The 10 episodes will see returning judge Brenda Sisane and new judges Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, TV and broadcast presenter Nothemba Madumo and musician Zwai Bala introduce the Emirates Pursuit of Jazz Super Band musicians and winners.

They include Tino Demba on drums, Menziwa Macala on bass, Thembelihle Ndunjana on keys, Al Du Toit on guitar, Simon Nyivana on saxophone, Sakhile Simani on trumpet and on vocalists Mapua Mahlo and Gamelihle Ngongoma.

This jazzy Super Band is due to perform across different cities in South Africa, including the Durban Jazz Festival and Joy of Jazz next year. The band also gets an opportunity to travel to Dubai in 2020.

“We have been operating in South Africa for over 20 years. We are proud to help elevate the talented artists to showcase their love for jazz locally, through performances across South Africa and now globally by providing them recognition through our onboard program”, said Fouad Caunhye, Regional Manager, Emirates Southern Africa.

Vodacom Video Play app

Vodacom subscribers can download the Video Play app or access it from the website and watch the mini-series for free.

What: Emirates Pursuit of Jazz Series debuts on ice
Who: Emirates Super Band