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      Johannesburg, South Africa (May 23, 2018) – Amidst the growing global appeal of Pan-Africanism and the beauty of African music and culture, The Soweto International Jazz Festival debuts in Johannesburg, South Africa June            14-17th 2018 at the Johannesburg Theatre Group’s, State of the Art Soweto Theatre Festival Complex.

The festival was inspired by, and dedicated to, a place that is revered for its history, beautiful people, creative and artistic passion. The multi-genres, international artist line-up will include Grammy Award winning stars such as Third              World, Bob James, Deborah Cox, Spyro Gyra, Neville Brothers, South African Jazz/R&B stars, Ernie Smith as well as Zama Jobe and for his first ever performance in South Africa, the legendary Charlie Wilson, alongside the            dynamic local gospel artist, Khaya Mthethwa. The four-day celebration is also a tribute to Hugh Masekela and Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

The Soweto International Jazz Festival is the first international music and arts festival dedicated to the historical region of Johannesburg. It spotlights the rich cultural currency of the township, with a rich supply of international music,            art, cuisine, history, luxury accommodation and adventure & exploration. With five indoor/outdoor stages, there will be non-stop music throughout the four days of events, as well as panels and master classes.

The Festival promises to add more richness and diversity to its references library of jazz, soul, African and contemporary music by incorporating local acts such as Mi Casa, Shomajozi, Soweto Choir, Leanne Dlamini, Nasty C, Lady        Zamar and Major Leaguez. The local talent will be complemented by further international acts which will include the likes of Dumstafunk, OneVille, Raheen DevaughnKreesha Turner and Gordon Chambers.

The Festival also promises to curate a market place featuring local vendors from Soweto and surrounding areas.


Each day of the festival will feature its own theme:


      Day 1 – Celebration Of Our Future 

      The Celebration of our Future installment of the festival will kick-off the festivities with a firm commitment to the empowerment of young people in Soweto. In the spirit of remarkable, young, revolutionaries like Hector Pieterson, the day        is designed to fully empower and engage the aspiring musicians and entrepreneurs of Soweto. The day’s event will do more than entertain, it will educate and inspire with a free symposium dedicated to the business of music and                  entertainment.

      Grammy Award-Winning songwriter and producer, Rico Love, will launch an educational program designed to engage young people who aspire to be a part of the music industry.

“I Love Music Africa” workshops will take place during the day and the evening music celebration will feature an amazing line-up of artists, DJs, Dancers and Social media influencers.  Concert performers include Nasty-C, Raheem               Devaughn, Major Leagues and DJ Rob Dinero Feat. Kreesha. 

      Day 2 – Power of Women 

The second day of the festival will be dedicated to the empowerment of women. It will boast workshops in the morning on themes such as Fearless Women, Health, Strength and Wellness and Mining Your Own Business. These                    workshops will enable women to present and share ideas on driving personal & business success.  Grammy Award winning artist Deborah Cox and SABC Executive Iris Cupido are among the panelists.

The evening’s mainstage will feature Africa Umoja, Sho Madjozi, Lady Zamar, Deborah Cox, and Dumpstafunk.  The Soweto Stage will host performances by Jeremiah Fyah Isis, Leanne Dlamini, Irving Mayfield, Zamajobe and Bob              Jones. 

      Day 3 – International Night 

International day will spotlight South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, US, Canada, Jamaica and the United Kingdom. Soweto’s esteemed journalists will host an informative day with VIP-artist interview panels, acoustic performances and media        broadcasts.

The evening’s concert will highlight multiple genres of music including Jazz, R&B, Funk, Reggae and Dance.  We will see performances from Marion Meadows, Neville Brothers, Charlie Wilson, Mutabuka, Spyro Gyro, and Third World.

      Day 4 – Inspiration 

Day Four of the festival will feature an amazing line up of Jazz and Gospel acts to cement the incredible celebration of music culture. We will continue to focus on cultural exchange programs allowing fans to gain access to the hearts          and minds of some the most celebrated artists.

The evening concert will have performances by Mi Casa, Cyril Neville, Irving Mayfield and Ernie Smith to name a few.

     “The festival is designed to help create connectivity among people of the African diaspora and celebrate the indomitable spirit of Soweto and its people,” says Ernest Kelly, Managing Partner of IAS Agency and Executive Producer of            the   festival.

Tickets are available for purchase online from or from any participating Pick ‘n Pay store from Webtickets. Tickets may also be purchased directly from Soweto Theatre, Joburg Theatre and Roodepoort Theatre        onsite box offices.


      General Tickets:

  • 1 day pass – R450
  • 2 day pass – R750 (valid for consecutive days only)
  • 3 day pass – R850 (valid for consecutive days only)
  • 4 day pass – R950


      Limited Offering/Specials: special terms apply

  • Student Specials  – R150
  • Residential Specials – R150


      VIP Tickets: 

  • 1 day – R1,000
  • 2 day – R1,800 (valid for consecutive days only)
  • 3 day – R2,200 (valid for consecutive days only)
  • 4 day – R2,800


VIP ticket purchasers will receive special parking, preferred viewing and T-shirt with 2 day, Add festival survival kit to 3 and 4 day packages.


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