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Review: The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Johannesburg, 8/23-25/12

Dozens of international artists converge on South Africa to celebrate jazz

Afrika Mkhize, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Johannesburg 2012
Bhudaza Mapefane, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Johannesburg 2012
Earl Klugh, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Johannesburg 2012
Kurt Elling, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Johannesburg 2012
Kurt Elling
Maysa, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Johannesburg 2012
Sax Summit, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Johannesburg 2012
Grace Kelly, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Johannesburg 2012
Tineke Postma, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Johannesburg 2012
Wycliffe Gordon, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Johannesburg 2012

Just a week after the August 16 mining tragedy that took the lives of 34 striking mine workers, jazz was celebrated as one of the cultural riches of South Africa at the 13th annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg.

The festival, held from Aug. 23-25, featured 50 international artists and 36 from South Africa performing on the main stages-Dinaledi, Mbira, Conga, Bassline and the Market Theatre-as well as smaller venues in the Newtown cultural precinct: Sophiatown, Niki’s Oasis and Shikisha.

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