The organisers announced today, that South African Jazz star Jimmy Dludlu has signed on to perform at the first-ever Lagos jaz Series holding in Lagos this week. Dludlu, a multiple award-winning musician, who has performed across many continents and headlined dozens of Jazz festivals across the world, will join Nigerians Mike Aremu, Bez, Ayetoro and Chinaza, as well as visiting Somi, Morrie Louden, Karren Patterson and others to deliver what promises to be the Jazz concert of the year. Long before record companies became aware of the musical genius of Jimmy Dludlu, the media were already celebrating him as the hottest and most stylish talent amongst South Africa' new jazz generation. Expressions being used to describe his extraordinary talent, his skills not only as a guitarist but as an insightful composer and arranger, underline the music he creates on stage with his outstanding style such as "jazz maestro", "guitar phenomenon" or "guitar wizard of jazz" are known by now as synonyms for the self-taught musician Jimmy Dludlu." Jimmy Dludlu's style includes wide-ranging influences, combining both traditional and modern elements of jazz drawn from among others Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Pat Metheny, to South African legends Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu, Hugh Masekela, Themba Mokwena, and Allen Kwela. He is particularly drawn to the sounds of west and central Africa, as well as Latin America, but says jazz remains his first love. His numerous original compositions fall within the tradition of what has been loosely termed Afro-Jazz. Sponsored by MTN, Petrolex, Lufthansa, Constant Capital, Bang and Olufsen, Mercedes Benz and others, the Lagos Jazz series will hold on Friday November 5, Saturday November 6, and Sunday November 7 at Sofitel Morehouse, Federal Palace Hotel and Muri Okunola Park respectively.
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