Babsy Mlangeni & Joe Nina to headline Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening at Birchwood Hotel


Two legendary South African music greats, SAMA Lifetime Award Winner Babsy Mlangeni and Kwaito star Joe Nina, will be headlining the next Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening on Friday, 7 July at Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg.

In partnership with the City of Ekurhuleni, the Mail & Guardian, the Sowetan and SAfm, the Birchwood Jazz Evening is a must-see on the Jozi music-scene every month.

Babsy Mlangeni, well-known for his role in the Afro-Soul scene during the 70’s and 80’s, is one of the founding fathers of the SA music scene. After four decades of commercial success, the singer, guitarist, composer and entrepreneur, who is blind, has not let his disability stand in his way inspiring countless aspiring artists to pursue their dream through the South African Blind Musician Association (SADMA).

Also headlining the July Jazz Evening is songwriter and producer, Joe Nina. While best known for his singles in the Kwaito and Afro-Jazz genres, he cannot be defined by either and has also produced albums that include elements of Hip-Hop and Reggae.

Adding to the evening’s salute to jazz is afro pop soul band, Encore, consisting of local musicians – Kabelo Thomane (guitar and vocals), Kee Kototsi (bassist and vocals) and Matime Peter (pianist). Having been featured in a number of annual music shows, the trio are set to light up the Birchwood stage with their fresh take on Setswana music. Afro-Soul jazz songstress and actress, Miranda Mokhele Nshangase, who is known for her roles in’s Rhythm City and eKasi, SABC 1‘s Tshisa, and Sokhulu & Partners will open the evening’s festivities.

The Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening is so much more than outstanding musical performances; it provides local comedians with a platform to express their comedic views. Featuring two hilarious local comedians, Thapelo King Flat Mametja and Vuyo Jiya, as well as resident MC Hector Motivator, guests can look forward to soaking up the stress releasing endorphins that laughter brings.

Enjoy an evening of delicious food and a few of your old-favourites with friends by booking your table of 10 at R4 500 or R450 per a person. Book and pay for your table before 30 June and save R500 on the early bird special. Starting at 8pm sharp, don’t miss out on this star-studded line-up! For more information or to book contact Dudu Kgomo on (011) 897 0141 or

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