Durban hosts World Jam Music Festival

Get Ready for the World Jam Music Festival in Durban The City of Durban is preparing for one of KwaZulu-Natal’s biggest music festivals this December. World Jam Music Festival will take place over a two day period from Saturday, 6 to Sunday, 7 December and the organizers have not forgotten their CSI responsibilities. Says Craig […]

Get Ready for the World Jam Music Festival in Durban

World Jam Festival in Durban
World Jam Festival in Durban

The City of Durban is preparing for one of KwaZulu-Natal’s biggest music festivals this December. World Jam Music Festival will take place over a two day period from Saturday, 6 to Sunday, 7 December and the organizers have not forgotten their CSI responsibilities.
Says Craig Clay-Smith of the Flagship Group and communications director for World Jam Music Festival: “Our CSI Programme will focus on the development of Arts and Culture and one of our strategies is a music and performer Talent Search taking place in various towns through KwaZulu-Natal as we lead up to the festival event.”

Young people will be invited to participate in these staged events where a prestigeous panel of judges will identify emerging artists in each region. Babo Ngcobo is a multi award winning gospel artist, accredited for best songwriter, best producer and best male artist in his category.

Ntokozo Ngongoma is a name many people recognise for his talented involvement as musical director in Florida Road – a Bollywood movie – and for producing, writing for and directing artists such as Sfiso Ncwane (Gospel musician) and the duo Sdwili and Babo (representing the nation at New Zealand 2011 Rugby World Cup) to name but a few of his credits.
The panel will be completed with the selection of one judge from each city, most of whom represent either a community radio station or a television channel.

The Talent Search

This starts at 1KZN TV Studios in Richards Bay on Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 14 September before moving to the Indonsa Arts and Crafts Centre in Ulundi on Monday, 15 and Tuesday, 16 September followed by the Amajuba Hall in Newcastle on Wednesday, 17 and Thursday, 18 September. The Pietermaritsburg leg of the talent search sees the judges move to the Winston Churchill Theatre on the Friday, 19 and Saturday, 20 September. Durban will hold its event at the eThekweni Community Church (ECC) on Monday, 22 and Tuesday, 23 September while Port Shepstone, the last town to be visited, will hold its event at St Martin’s Hall on Thursday, 25 and Friday, 26 September.

New Orleans Arena
New Orleans Arena

The final will take place in Durban during the second week of November, but the venue is still to be announced. An overall winner will be chosen, winning not only a grand sum of
R10 000, but also the opportunity to perform on one of the World Jam Music Festival stages as part of his or her winning experience.

Aspirant artists and musicians interested in participating are asked to arrive at the venue in their town and go to the registration desk to complete forms and must bring their ID Books with them and whatever they feel might enhance their performance in the way of dress, effects and personal musical instruments.

World Jam Festival in Durban
Vibrant colours, music, dance and talent

Says Nick Nzama facilitator of the Talent Search on behalf of World Jam Music Festival, “The first day rolls out with the audition commencing at 7am and those selected will
continue through the day rehearsing with a band and backline which we will provide for the contestants. The second day will see finalists going through a tougher audition and being put through their paces, afterwhich we will select the top three winners in each town.”

Zama concludes that contestants must be at least 18-years-old and can participate in all genres with exception of Gospel Music and Maskandi. “Those who are 21 and under must provide written proof of their parent or guardians consent and no professional musicians or performers are permitted to enter. This means no artist or band signed to a record company, label or accredited management company.”

“The inclusion of a talent search within the World Jam Music Festival programme is of huge significance as the organisers see this as a perfect opportunity to assist in the profiling of emerging young artists on a world class stage, a stage where Durban and it’s sister- city relationships will provide for musical development and mentorship exchanges and will become part of the programme as the annual event rolls out in the forthcoming years,” says festival director, Beverley Theron.

For more information on the Talent Search, phone Zukiswa on 031 8291640 or 0789791888.

Layout of the World Jam Festival
Layout of the World Jam Festival

World Jam Music Festival is a unique two-day festival which will be hosted by the City of Durban as an anchor event on the annual December calendar. With a full weekend of multiple acts by world-class musicians on five different stages and with genres varying from Rock n Blues, Jazz, Hard Rock, POP, Sophiatown, Sounds from the Indian Ocean and West Indies, Smooth Jazz, Contemporary, Bollywood and Gospel, there is little left to the imagination other than to enjoy the additional cultural and culinary experiences, which would suit all ages. All these activites and attractions make this premier event a real family festival where the true spirit of cultural diversity is present all around the Moses Mabhia Stadium precinct where the event will take place. Twinning with New Orleans, this event highlights the sister-city relationship that Durban and New Orleans share and elements of New Orleans culture, music and cuisine will be on display to give the festival an even more diverse profile.

Tickets are set to go on sale shortly.

For more information, visit www.worldjamdurban.com.