Emirates Pursuit of Jazz: See Who Made It to The Top 5 - Pursuit of Jazz
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Emirates Pursuit of Jazz: See Who Made It to The Top 5

The Top 5

Johannesburg – South Africa, 12 November 2018. Emirates, the world’s largest airline, and Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company – in partnership with Kaya FM are proud to announce the top 5 Emirates Pursuit of Jazz finalists.

After 14 weeks and over 500 entries, we now draw closer to finding South Africa’s finest jazz musician. The top 5 participants performed live in front of the judges at an event in Johannesburg – where they selected the top 5 acts.

Judges comprised of Brenda Sisane – broadcaster and social entrepreneur, Sipho Dlamini – Chief Executive Officer of SAMRO and Nduduzo Makhathini – Winner of the SA Music Award (Best Jazz Album) and Standard Bank’s Young Artist Award (2015).

The top 5 finalists include a combination of two songstresses and three instrumentalists from Johannesburg and Pretoria, they are:

  • Casper Mofokeng – Saxophonist (Johannesburg)
  • Viwo Kulati – Singer (Johannesburg)
  • Siya Charles – Trombone (Johannesburg)
  • Gally Ngoveni – Bassist (Pretoria)
  • Nkosazana Mashinini – Singer (Johannesburg)

The top 5 finalist will battle it out for the big prize – a recording deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) and an opportunity to perform at the Blue Note, one of the most iconic jazz clubs in New York City, during the NYC Winter Jazzfest in January 2019.

The finale will be hosted on 04 December at Katzy’s Rosebank, in Johannesburg. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite artist and you could stand a chance to win a trip to New York. Vote here.

Voting as well as the fan competition closes on 03 December 2018, so be sure not to miss out!


Written By: Trinisha