Judges - Pursuit of Jazz
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Brenda Sisane

Passionate about art education, Brenda Sisane presents ‘The Art of Sunday’, which promotes jazz as a universal language, showing people of diverse cultures how to appreciate each other’s differences and similarities. As a broadcaster and social entrepreneur, her company SP!N productions, promotes South African artistic products through exhibitions, stage productions and cultural exchange programs. Her work comes alive as she uses her dynamic insight into the creative arts. She loves sharing insights on how the creative industry works and finds freedom in the music she plays, ensuring that it is always sincere, honest and unique.

Sipho Dlamini

After three years as the Chief Executive Officer of SAMRO, Sipho Dlamini joined Universal Group Music. He comes with a wide range of experience, all of which is anchored by his background in strategic brand marketing for the telecommunications industry, film investment and television production. His expertise ranges from running record labels, overseeing artist management and setting up recording studios around the world (for Creative Kingdom Records USA), to international live event production, including the FIFA World Cup opening and closing ceremonies in 2010, and large-scale concert and festival productions in Dubai and South Africa.

Nduduzo Makhathini

Winner of the SA Music Award (Best Jazz Album) and Standard Bank’s Young Artist Award (2015), this pianist and composer, has toured extensively, recorded with many strong musicians and is always in demand on the local and international jazz festival circuit. With eight albums under his belt and a number of notable award-winning nominees, he is also an astute producer with a sharp ear for harnessing the best possible sound out of musicians. While currently concluding his Master’s degree at Stellenbosch University, he also heads up the music department at Fort Hare University, in the Eastern Cape.