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Plans, preparations and jubilations for the second MosJazz Music Festival in Mossel Bay are well under way and the fever is slowly building up for what sounds like a star-studded 3-day intercontinental event like the South Cape has never seen before . . . 

The 2018 event will take place from 17 - 20 January at the same venue at the De Bakke/Santos resort where jazz fans can look forward to another literal experience of Jazz on the Rocks.  

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Some of the crème de la crème in the global jazz fraternity who will be performing at the event include Judy Boucher from the Caribbean, Andrew Young, the British saxophonist and Choko from Trinidad and Tobaco . . .

The power team behind the annual jazz festival, Clarence Ford and Lovetta Bolters of Camissa Solutions, reckon the second time around will be even bigger and better - especially the food experience! - and by the year 2020 Mossel Bay jazz fans should be able to develop the event themselves . . . and to help keep the hills and shores alive with the soothing sound of  jazz music.

Ford was speaking at the official launch of the 2019 MosJazz Festival that was recently held in the Bravo Lounge of the Garden Route Casino where the media and invited guests were treated to a preview of what can be expected . . . and by the reaction of the enthusiastic crowd, jazz is well and alive in the Bay.

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Clarence Ford and Lovetta Bolters (at the back, right) of Camissa Solutions in jazzy spirit at the official launch of the 2019 MossJazz Festival in Mossel Bay. Tickets are already available at the Fork and Train in Mossel Bay. 

 A weekend pass costs R460, a day pass R175, a weekend pass for minors (12 – 18) R230 and kids younger than 12 get in for free.

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 Jazz in sync - double fun! Jazz lovers are already getting into the groove for next year's MosJazz Festival . . . 

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Guests enjoying the vibe at last weekend's official launch for the 2nd MosJazz Festival in Mossel Bay

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 Some talented performers gave a preview of what can be expected at the 2019 MosJazz Festival

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INTERNATIONAL STARS FOR MOSJAZZ

 

THE launch for the 2nd annual MosJazz Music Festival in Mossel Bay took place at the Garden Route Casino on Saturday and judging by the lineup, it is destined to be an international affair seldom experienced on the Garden Route.

The lineup has a distinct international flavour, with Phil Fearon from the UK, Judy Boucher from the Caribbean, Andrew Young, the British saxophonist, Afro-Fiesta with an infectious mix of kwassa kwaasa from the DRC and Angola, and Choko from Trinidad and Tobago, bringing an eclectic mix of sounds to the Southern Cape.


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Judy Boucher

Some of the country’s hottest talent will also be performing, including Emo Adams, Garth Taylor, Allou April and the Ghoema Project, Virtual Jazz Reality and Ernie Smith.

Special performances include Brent Krus, a guitar virtuoso from Cape Town celebrating the music of Carlos Santana. Karin Kortje is also invited back to pay tribute to her role model Aretha Franklin.


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Karin Kortje

UK singer, songwriter and producer Phil Fearon was massive in the 80s with his band Phil Fearon and Galaxy. They had major dance hits like “I can prove it”, “What do I Do”, “Everybody’s Laughing” and “Dancing Tight”.

Judy Boucher is a cult figure in South Africa and her song, “Can’t be with you Tonight”, is a firm party favourite in many a household.  

Born in St. Vincent in the Caribbean, Boucher relocated to High Wycombe, England around 1970 and later joined musician brother Bruce's band - which became Judy Jack and the Beanstalk.

After the band broke up, Judy went solo and scored a No. 1 hit on the reggae charts with "Dreaming of A Little Island" in 1985, with the debut album "Can't Be with You Tonight" following in 1987.

Choko is becoming increasingly popular around the globe with his reggae and soca beats.

Born in Liverpool, England and now a resident of Vienna, Austria, Andrew Young has been classically trained from the age of 8 in both Clarinet and Saxophone.

After completing Saxophone and Clarinet studies in London, Andrew moved to Germany to pursue a desire for a broader and more eclectic involvement in all genres of music.

Appearing as soloist with various Symphony Orchestras in Holland and Germany, Andrew engaged in session work and concerts alongside Pop/Jazz/Funk luminaries such as Matt Bianco and the Precious Wilson Band. In 2010 he performed with Gino Vanelli, from Canada, in Holland.

Andrew’s Album “Magic Life”, with sales attaining Gold status, was recorded with Producer Garo Mafya in Istanbul.

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Andrew Young

Andrew has performed at various music festivals in South Africa, including: The International Jazz Festival, Cape Town, Jazz on the Rocks, National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and the Rand Easter Show.

Afro Fiesta is a renowned World Music group and with their infectious beat they have endeared themselves to fans around the globe.

The MosJazz Festival enjoys a unique setting with the stage located on the Rocks in the sea. The best vantage point for the music onstage is knee-deep in the water itself.

The combination of music in pristine natural spaces has enabled significant successes for the festival owners Camissa Solutions. Camissa has similar experiences on offer at Tietie’s Bay, Clanwilliam Dam, The Paarl Arboretum and the annual Love Jazz Cruise to Walvis Bay.

The International MosJazz Festival happens from 17 to 20 January 2019 at De Bakke Santos Resort. Tickets in Mossel Bay will be available at the Fork and Train.

 

A weekend pass costs R460, a day pass R175, a weekend pass for minors (12 – 18) R230 and kids younger than 12 get in for free.

 

Call 0215915208, email camissa.mark@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page MosJazz for more information.

 

 

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