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Jazz maestro set to perform in Kimberley


Ward has worked on numerous projects alongside some of South Africa's foremost and acclaimed artists

South African jazz maestro, Cameron Ward

CELEBRATED South African jazz maestro, Cameron Ward, will be performing in Kimberley next month. Ward has been described as one of the most versatile guitarists of his generation.

According to event organiser, William Roy, from the Christian Assemblies Church, Ward has a beautiful tone, great improvisational ideas, superb speed and knows how to make his audience dance to the African beat in a way that is equal to none.

“The world of jazz has produced some of the most influential and innovative guitarists of the 21st century. The greatness of a jazz guitarist lies hidden in the flamboyance of the stringing of the melody and chord progression, the individual’s technique and the elusive magic that separates the boys from the men. Ward is counted amongst the men as a jazz maestro and a professional,” Roy said.

“His meteoric rise from the backstreets of the disadvantaged community of Lotus River on the Cape Flats to the world stages of the Lugano Festival (Switzerland), The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Cape Town Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), Joy of Jazz (Johannesburg) and the Back to Black Jazz Fest (London and Brazil) testifies to his musical prowess and genius.

“Four times Sama award winning artist, Jimmy DluDlu must be credited as the progenitor of this great South African talent. He identified Cameron’s tremendous talent and bought him his first guitar, the rest as it is, will be recorded in the musical history annuals of our country and indeed the world,” Roy added.

Ward has worked on numerous projects alongside some of South Africa’s foremost and acclaimed artists, including Hugh Masekela, Judith Sephuma, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, PJ Powers, Vusi Mashlasela, Paul Simon, Ziggy Marley, Sibongile Khumalo, Wanda Baloyi, Moreira Project, Mi Casa-Jika and Tkzee.

His Kimberley performance, hosted by Christian Assemblies Church, will take place at the Emmanual Secondary School, with a dinner, on September 1, and the concert, on September 2, included in tickets, which are available from Computicket.

For more information contact 079 046 1332 or 082 329 0290

Signed copies of Ward’s live DVD, entitled Cameron Ward Live at the Orbit, featuring Bra Hugh Masekela, will be on sale at the event.