"OUR CITY is well known for our generous hospitality, warm weather, and engaging cultures.
The IJE gives us an opportunity to showcase more of Durban, and also accelerates our economic growth and local employment. We are proud to host this event for the second year running,” says City of Durban Mayor, Cllr Zandile Gumede.
The Councillor was responding on the second International Jazz Extravanganza taking place in Durban, scheduled for June 17, 2017 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Center.
Come and intertwine yourself with big bands sounds of swing to the soulful notes of rhythm and blues, jazz-lovers would not dare miss.
A star-studded line-up includes award winning American classic Monty Alexander along his band, the Harlem Kingston Express, music icon and draw card Kurt Elling, South Africa’s own Nduduzo Makhathini and new vocalist and pianist Thandi Ntuli.
“The International Jazz Extravaganza is growing into Durban’s very own signature event for those passionate about jazz both in South Africa and from abroad.
It is an intimate one-night-only affair featuring leading international and South African jazz musicians. Offering a superior four act line-up, five-star hospitality and an all-round best-of-class experience, the IJE is where music, fine-dining and networking come together in a luxurious setting,” says president and chief executive officer of the IJE, Sindile Xulu, former South African Tourism executive.
However, the Blue Train will no longer be part of the event, according to the train’s representative Joseph Sono.
“Initially, we were supposed to partner with organizers for the event but due to logistical issues had to cancel because the train won’t be available on the day.
The organizers were made aware of our decision on time,” he confirmed to SLM.
According to Sono, they tried to get hold of Xulu for clarity but was unavailable.