Old Mutual Jazz at the Theatre
Last edited: April 18, 2011
Posted by Business and Arts South Africa
Old Mutual brings soulful sounds to the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square.
Old Mutual in partnership with Swazitainment Productions recently launched an exciting jazz series dubbed the Old Mutual Jazz at the Theatre. The series kicked off with the multi-talented award winning Selaelo Selota, renowned for his charismatic rhythm and immaculate vocal chords.
Taking place at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, The Old Mutual Jazz at the Theatre series offers audiences a sophisticated and intimate music experience with their favourite artists. Kunle Ayo, Mimi Ntenjwa and Asanda Bam are some of the leading artists who will offer fans joyous jazz moments in the next instalments.
Bandile Mngoma, Sponsorship Manager for Old Mutual Emerging Markets, says: â€œOur objective is to fill the gap that exists in offering jazz artists a platform to lead their fans on a melodic journey. This also presents an opportunity for artists to promote their musical flair and spread their message to a broader audience through Old Mutualâ€™s large global footprint.â€
Kunle Ayo will perform at the next show scheduled for 1 May 2011. This Kora and Channel O award winning artist has released five albums. His resume includes working alongside internationally acclaimed artists such as Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler and Dave Koz.
The series also aims to enable positive futures by running a spotlight feature for emerging artists. Sifiso Khanyile from Joyous Celebration 8 and a previous backing artist for Thandiswa Mazwai performed at the launch event on March 27, 2011. Next in line to assume the spotlight is Brenda Mntambo, also from Joyous Celebration and previous backing singer for Lira.
Bandile adds: â€œThis is a great platform for emerging artists to showcase their musical talent and gauge the response from fans while working towards launching their solo careers.â€
The show start at 18:30 and bookings can be made on www.ticket.co.za or www.theatreonthesquare.co.za or by calling the theatre on 011 883 8606 or 083 377 4969.
For more information please contact: Rethabile Mahuma - 011 217 1791 - Project Manager: Sponsorship and Events.
Kunle Ayo Biography
Kunle Ayo, probably Africaâ€™s most celebrated guitarists, has earned several musical accolades, even comparisons with giants of the contemporary school like George Benson, Earl Klugh and locally based Jimmy Dludlu.
This dazzling live performer returns with his 5th album, â€œBest of Both Worldsâ€, pulling at the heartstrings of fans around the world. Promising to be soulful, jazzy, cheerful, and funky, every show Kunle Ayo leaves his fans inspired and full of positive energy.
Born of Yoruba parents in Lagos, Nigeria, his parents clearly knew a star was born, writing his destiny in the stars by naming him Kunle, loosely translated â€œabundanceâ€ in his native Yoruba tongue. Literally â€œKunâ€ means â€œto fillâ€ and â€œleâ€ stands for â€œhouseâ€. In a way perhaps he was destined to literally fill houses with beautiful music.
Kunle Ayo recalls how as a youngster he always had an affinity to play, starting with drums and thumb piano and later graduating to guitar at the tender age of 20. By age 28 Kunle Ayo was recording and playing with some of Nigeriaâ€™s internationally respected artists, including Chief Ebenezer Obey, Kayode Olajide and the enigmatic Lagbaja (The Masked One) with whom he toured Europe, North Africa and South America.
â€œMy philosophy on live entertainment is that I donâ€™t play for the people but I play with the people.â€
Since his trek to the south in 2002, Kunle Ayo has performed and recorded with some of the country's best artists - notably the late Jabu Khanyile and International artists such as Kirk Whalum, Al Jarreau and Jonathan Butler. In 2005 Kunle Ayo expanded on his empire, and started his own company, K Cool Productions, and has produced music for talented acts like MXO and Simphiwe Dana to name a few. As one of the most sought-after performers, Kunle Ayo has participated in a number of jazz concerts, notably the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz International Jazz Festival, and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
- 2002 - â€œAYOâ€ (JOY) â€“ UNIVERSAL MUSIC, CDRBL 294
- 2003 â€“ â€œBEYOND BORDERSâ€ â€“ UNIVERSAL â€“ CDRBL 316
- 2005 â€“ â€œSINCERELY YOURSâ€ â€“ BULA MUSIC - CDJOJ 710
- 2007 â€“ â€œA TASTE OF HOMEâ€ â€“ BULA MUSIC â€“ CDJOJ 718
- 2004 - Kora Awards - Beyond the Borders â€“ Best Male West Artist (West Africa) Category
- 2005 â€“ Channel O Awards â€“ Slowly But Surely (single), Beyond the Borders (Album) â€“ Best Jazz Video
WHAT OTHER PROMINENT ARTISTS IN JAZZ HAVE TO SAY ABOUT KÃšNLÃ‰:
â€˜KUNLE! It's a good thing we in the States don't know what that name means, because once you hear his incredible, energetic, world-beat, soulful, jazzy, uplifting music, you'll still be baffled anyway! What is a Kunle?! Just listen and be transformed.â€ Kirk Whalum
â€˜Giving a shout out to you - Mr Kunle, musician extraordinaire. The world awaits your awesome talent. Keep spreading the love with your beautiful music. "Coming to a town near you" master musician Kunle / bringing you all styles...jazz, afro, soul, funk, mellow vibes...â€ Mausiki Scales, Common Ground.
â€œKunle has a rare combination of gifts - he is able to tell a story simply with a melody on guitar and at the same time fill the ears of a listener with an incredibly authentic musical point of view. His passion feels rooted in his love for his homeland and his distinct appreciation for humanity. The music he makes is a thing of beautyâ€. Dave Koz
Old Mutual Theatre on the Square
011 883 8606
011 883 9673 (fax)