Kwazakhele singer set for jazz festival debut

Yoliswa Sobuwa

KWAZAKHELE musician Pu2ma Tiso makes her Cape Town International Jazz Festival debut this weekend knowing that her late grandmother, Nofanele Ngeni, would have been proud of her.

“I have butterflies in my stomach because I am nervous and I have never been to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival before. But my grandmother always told me it’s good to be nervous before one’s performance as that helps keeps one on top of their game.

“I am also excited because I am just a township girl from Kwazakhele, who will share the stage with the big names in the music industry. It’s not every day that you find a star from Kwazakhele township,” the singer said.

Two other Eastern Cape artists, Thandiswa Mazwai and Zonke Dikana, are also performing at the festival, which is ranked fourth-best in the world ahead of Switzerland’s Montreaux Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.

Tiso, 32, who is expected to share the stage with jazz saxophonist and songwriter Kirk Whalum, said while she was known to be a shy person, she would take full advantage of the opportunity.

Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Jill Scott will headline this year’s festival.

“My aim is to impress the international organisers. I want to be well-known like Miriam Makeba and get to showcase my talent around the world,” she said.

“There is a song called No More that I performed when I appeared on e.tv’s Sunrise. People were crazy about it and they have been asking about it on my Facebook page. They will be happy to know that I will also perform it on Friday.”

Other artists performing at the festival being held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Friday and Saturday include Mafikizolo, Claire Philips, Mi Casa, Khuli Chana, AKA and Jimmy Dludlu.

Tickets, at R440 for a day pass and R645 for a weekend pass, are available at Computicket and Shoprite Checkers.

espAfrika chief executive and director of the Cape Town festival, Rashid Lombard, warned the public to buy tickets from reliable sources as fraudulent tickets and armbands were being sold.

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