Dean Fraser, a Jamaican saxophonist, performs during the Jazz on the Lake festival yesterday. Pictures: Matthews Baloyi
Dean Fraser, a Jamaican saxophonist, performs during the Jazz on the Lake festival yesterday. Pictures: Matthews Baloyi
ENTHUSIASTS: Thousands of people turned up for the event.
ENTHUSIASTS: Thousands of people turned up for the event.
GOOD VIBES: Food, fabrics and crafts stalls.
GOOD VIBES: Food, fabrics and crafts stalls.

One of Joburg’s biggest annual events took place yesterday afternoon at Zoo Lake. The Arts Alive Jazz on the Lake was the perfect reason to leave the house for some relaxation.

Hosted by the charismatic Masello Motale, together with Floyd Mokale, the two set the tone for the event.

Thousands of jazz fans made their way to the popular venue to hear the sounds of their favourite artists.

Pianist and composer Nduduzo Makhathini started the day off getting the crowd into the mood.

Sibongile Khumalo, who celebrates her 60th birthday this year, sang a number of songs from her Breath of Life album. Khumalo will be celebrating her birthday in style later this month with three special concerts called More than 3 Faces at the Market Theatre.

Amanda Black never puts a foot wrong with her anthem Amazulu, and she had the audience singing along to every word.

International drummer Queen Cora came with a colourful head of hair and performed with a full South African ensemble on stage.

Taking his art wherever he goes

Jamaican acts, saxophonist Dean Fraser and dancehall and reggae singer Alaine, brought their flavour to the stage and got everyone dancing.

The soulful Zamajobe also graced the stage with her voice.

Zonke closed off the show with her powerful vocals singing fan favourites like Feelings, Jik’Izinto and Viva.

Logistics around the event included a park-and-ride facility where jazz lovers could park at Braamfontein and be taken to the venue by bus. The show ended at 5.30pm.

The event is now in its 25th year and was an all-round jazz extravaganza, enjoyed by young and old.

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