Hugh Masekela. Picture: Siphiwe Mhlambi

For over 28 years, Siphiwe Mhlambi, has captured the magic that occurs when jazz musicians take to the stage. In a new exhibition called Expressions - A Jazz Photography Exhibition, the photographer allows the general public to take a glimpse at that magic.  

The exhibition is showing at Gallery FotoZA inside Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg. It will run from 6 to 28  September. Siphiwe has photographed everyone from the late Hugh Masekela to Siya Makuzeni and many others. 

Starting this Saturday and after that, for the next two Sundays in September, there will be panel discussions with various key players in South African jazz. They will be called Couch Sessions hosted by Siphiwe Mhlambi and start at 2pm.

According to a press release: “Earlier this year Siphiwe graciously donated three images taken by him of legendary jazz musician Hugh Masekela, to Ubuntu Pathways, an NGO based in both South Africa and the UK.”

“These images were auctioned during their London fundraising gala dinner on May 16 2018.  (They) paid tribute to Hugh Masekela at the beginning of the evening, so it felt very appropriate to open the auction with Siphiwe’s photographs which so wonderfully celebrated this South African Jazz icon’s life and career.

The images sold for £4,000 (R72 000) and these essential funds went to aiding vulnerable children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.”