Windmill presents the April installment of its increasingly popular Jazz on the Lawn on the 28th of the month. The lineup includes three dynamic jazz artists; The Social Jam Band, Afripella and Sylvester Mazinyane amongst others. They will fill the air with uplifting jazz from 14h00 to 20h00. As always the event is free to enjoy. No coller boxes will be permitted but food and beverages will be on sale.
“We are thrilled at the overwhelmingly positive response to our Jazz on the Lawn events which offer jazz lovers a chance to enjoy laid back music under African skies but also provide local artists with a platform to showcase their talents. We look forward to welcoming the performers to our stage,” says Kamo Mohapi the PR & Promotions Coordinator at Windmill.
The Social Jam Band was formed as an in house band for a regular social session then known as the Social Jam Sessions which was founded in 2012 by Molefi ‘Levos’ Phuroe, an all-round creative drummer, DJ and photographer. The band was the result of an experiment to bring two bands together which Levos was a part of, fusing jazz, experimental and world music together to form an irregular yet pleasant sound. Over the years, The Social Jam Band has worked with different musicians who have all had an influence and impact on the shaping of the band. The band is jazz influenced but plays a fusion of lounge, Neo soul and world music. The band comprises Pamela Hlabangwana (Vocals), David D Horn (Vocals and Trumpet), Thabo Morajane (Piano), Sibusiso Chiloane (Bass) and Molefi ‘Levos’ Phuroe (Drums).
Afripella is a brand new musical group, the brainchild of 31 year old seasoned musician, David Nhlapo. His professional career in music started in 2010 when he enjoyed an opportunity to visit France and Nigeria on tour with the Soweto Spiritual Singers. Nhlapo later joined a project called Africa Entsha which took him to Australia, New Zealand and Europe in 2017. On his return, he wanted to develop the musical talents of his home town, Merafong. Fused with the best covers in world music, Afripella’s youthful sound makes for a diverse set which draws on the vibrancy of the 1980’s classics. This all-singing, all-dancing presentation of acapella soul and harmony with its saccharine tendencies of traditional outfits takes audiences on a vibrant African journey.
Soweto born pianist, Sylvester Mazinyane studied music at the University of Cape Town and has recorded with the likes of Selaelo Selota, Judith Sephuma and Jimmy Dludlu to name a few. He has released one album, Down South, and is currently working on his second one. Having just returned from a tour in the Middle East, he will be gracing the stage at Windmill to showcase his unique style of jazz.