Jazz in the Quad & Jazz in Kayamandi @ US Woordfees 2019

The Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA) and US Woordfees present:

Jazz in the Quad & Jazz in Kayamandi @ US Woordfees 2019

Curated by CTMA & Jazz in the Native Yards. 


Steve Newman Trio

Kalahari Connection

Kyle Shepherd

Ramon Alexander

Schalk Joubert Band ft Sima Mashazi 

2 – 9 March 2019

Visual Arts Quad, Victoria Street, Stellenbosch.

Late night social venue with cash bar.



With Babalwa Mentjies & The Little Giants Band 

2 March 2019 Amazink

Book at Computicket

Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA) and US Woordfees, in collaboration with Jazz in the Native Yards (JINY)- JAZZ IN THE QUAD & JAZZ IN KAYAMANDI – presents a series of top music events featuring some of South Africa`s most popular Jazz artists.  This is the second year in which CTMA is presenting a late night contemporary and jazz music and social venue at the Visual Arts Quad in Victoria Street, Stellenbosch. For those who are looking for some late- night entertainment, this great music venue is the place to be. There will also be DJ`s playing till late after the jazz shows. Festival artists can enter for free.

“We are also presenting another excellent Jazz show titled “Jazz in Kayamandi” at Amazink in Kayamandi” says CTMA`s programme manager Vicky Davis. “The incredible jazz singer Babalwa Mentjies will be on stage with “The Little Giants Band” and led by the pianist George Werner.”

The series of concerts were inspired by the Jazz in the Native Yards initiative where audiences in Cape Town townships have opportunities to experience Jazz concerts in residential backyards.  This concept was started up by Koko Nkalashe and Luvuyo Kakaza and supported by Concerts SA. Koko Nkalashe says “Cape Town has always been known for world-class Jazz Music. We are happy to bring these concerts to the US Woordfees so that new audiences in Stellenbosch might also enjoy our local jazz excellence.”


With Babalwa Mentjies

Musicians: George Werner and the Little Giants Band.

Babalwa Mentjies is one of South Africa`s leading jazz vocalists. She will be performing with The Little Giants, a group of young talented musicians from the townships in Cape Town between the ages of 15 and 20. They will be led by the legendary pianist George Werner.

2 March 20h00 – Amazink, Kayamandi.

R80 at Computicket / R100 at door.


With Steve Newman Trio, Schalk Joubert and band featuring Sima Mashazi, Ramon Alexander, Kalahari Connection, Kyle Shepherd. 

Jazz in the Quad: Steve Newman Trio.

With Steve Newman (guitar), Peter Ndlala (bass), Carlo Fabe (drums)

Steve Newman is one of our most acclaimed and respected Acoustic Guitarists, covering many Genres, including Classical, Folk, Latin and Indigenous. He has Performed Solo and in collaboration with other International Stars, including Tony Cox, Steve Fataar, Chris Tokalon, and Errol Dyers, to name but a few; and, of course, the Legendary Tananas. The Steve Newman Trio with Carlo Fabe on Drums and Peter Ndlala on Bass will play a show which includes Tananas tunes and newer material.

5 March 21h30 –Venue: Visual Arts Quad

Tickets: R70 (students) – R90 at Computicket or R80 – R100 at door

Jazz in the Quad: Kalahari Connection

With Alistair Andrews (guitar), Bongani Sotshononda (marimba), Lungiswa Plaaitjies (vocals), Ivan Bell (drums), George Werner (piano)

Kalahari Connection brings together elements of African, Indian, Chinese, Jazz, Rock and Classical Music on instruments such as, Chinese Bamboo Flute, African Bows, Flutes, Percussion and Marimba, Bass Ukulele, Drums, African and Latin Percussion. Each band member shares a deep & long-standing connection with the music scene globally, a fact that speaks for itself.

6 March 21h30 – Venue: Visual Arts Quad

Tickets: R70 (students) – R90 at Computicket or R80 – R100 at door.

Jazz in the Quad: Kyle Shepherd.

With Kyle Shepherd (piano), Buddy Wells (sax), Claude cozens (bass)

Kyle Shepherd is arguably one of South Africa’s leading progressive pianists, composers and band leaders of his generation. Internationally recognized for his distinctive compositional style & performances, Shepherd has made a huge impression on debut as a film score composer for the critically- acclaimed film, ‘Noem My Skollie.’ The twenty-nine-year-old virtuoso pianist who has a well-established record of celebrated performances in South Africa, Europe, Asia (including Japan, India and China), Canada and the USA, has already released seven critically acclaimed albums in his young career.

7 March 21h30 – Venue: Visual Arts Quad

Tickets: R70 (students) – R90 at Computicket or R80 – R100 at door.

Jazz in the Quad: Ramon Alexander and band.

With Ramon Alexander (Piano), Zeke Le Grange (Sax), Bradley Prince (Guitar), Chadleigh Gowar (Bass), Annemie Nel (Drums).

Pianist and composer Ramon Alexander is a leading figure within Cape Jazz. He has performed his music at numerous local and international jazz/music festivals that include among others Grahamstown Jazz Festival (2004), Cape Town International Jazz Festival (2016) and Borneo International Jazz Festival (2017) Alexander has two albums to his credit. (Picnic at Kontiki [2011] and Echoes from Louwskloof [2015] ). In 2018 Cape Jazz Piano was released by Mountain Records. The album features Alexander alongside Ibrahim Khalil Shihab, Hilton Schilder and Kyle Shepherd to mention a few.

8 March: 21h30 – Venue: Visual Arts Quad

Tickets: R70 (students) – R90 at Computicket or R80 – R100 at door.

Jazz in the Quad: Schalk Joubert & band feat Sima Mashazi.

With Schalk Joubert (bass), Mauritz Lotz (guitar), Kevin Gibson (drums), Ramon Alexander (piano), Sima Mashazi (vocals)

Schalk Joubert is a multi -award winning musician, record producer and composer.  

He has worked with countless artists and bands ranging from The Crash Test Dummies to Hugh Masekela and a huge variety South Africa’s most prominent musicians for more than 20 years.

He has composed and produced music for several national and international television series, theatre productions and films. He has played on hundreds of records as a studio bassist and continues to be very active in the South African Music industry. Joubert and the vibrant, talented singer Sima Mashazi will be joined by the world class talents Kevin Gibson (drums), Ramon Alexander (piano) and Mauritz Lotz (guitar.) 

9 March: 21h30 – Venue:  Visual Arts Quad

Tickets: R70 (students) – R90 at Computicket or R80 – R100 at door.

CTMA is a not for profit company (NPC) that seeks to create opportunities for local, established and emerging musicians and related artists in the Western Cape. The objective of the CTMA is to create programmes and projects for the promotion of the work of local contemporary musicians, and the development of career opportunities in the South African music industry. Vicky Davis, CTMA programme manager says: “The US Woordfees is one of South Africa`s most esteemed events in that is offers a fantastic, inclusive platform for music and theatre lovers to come together for a week to enjoy incredible talent. We are proud to be part of the festival.”

More information:


Vicky Davis

Programme Manager | Cape Town Music Academy

vicky@ctma.co.za / vickydav@gmail.com


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