Emirates unveils new ‘Pursuit of Jazz’ talent hunt for SA
Emirates and Universal Music Group (UMG) has launched ‘Pursuit of Jazz’, a nationwide talent hunt for emerging jazz musicians who will carry South Africa’s rich jazz history and traditions forward.
The collaboration, a first for the airline, aims to provide a platform for ambitious home-grown talent on a global level by providing the winner the opportunity of recording and releasing a single and performing at the epicentre of jazz in New York, during the NYC Winter Jazzfest. Jazz musicians over the age of 18 are eligible to participate in the competition. Local music production company Thatch Music is spearheading the scouting process with producer and music director James F. Bassingthwaighte, drummer Marlon Witbooi and jazz virtuoso Thandi Ntuli.
Fouad Caunhye, Regional Manager, Emirates Southern Africa, said music was a great passion for South Africans, and the jazz fraternity globally is so much richer from the contribution of South Africa’s musical legends.