Saturday 18 April 2015
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Top Cuban jazz musician, Roberto Fonseca, and local jazz icon, Jimmy Dludlu, will be teaming up in two special Afro-Cuban concerts in Cape Town this weekend.

Hosted by the City of Cape Town and Shado Twala of Black Olive Entertainment in support of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, the inaugural jazz fusion concerts will be held respectively in the St George’s Cathedral and the Cape Town City Hall.

Both concerts on Friday and Saturday start at 19:00.

As part of this Cuban/Cape Town cultural exchange, the musicians will present a workshop at the City Hall for young emerging jazz musicians from the Western Cape on 3 June.

“These concerts will launch the ‘Sound Bites’ series of musical events aimed at raising funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital which is due to open in 2014 in Johannesburg. Part of the proceeds of the cathedral concert will go toward the church’s roof repair fund,” says Twala.

Fonseca will be launching his new album, YO, that is dedicated to Africa, at the Cape Town concerts.

Jimmy Dludlu has been hailed as one of SA’s hottest jazz talents. His skills, not only as a guitarist, but also as an insightful composer and arranger, underline the music he creates on stage with his outstanding style. His latest album Tonota recently won this year’s SAMA for Jazz Album of the Year.

South African painter Nico Phooko will join the musicians at both concerts to express his musical impressions on canvas. “A canvas will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital,” says Twala.

Tickets cost R300 each and are available at or at webticket kiosks at Spar supermarkets across the country.