The Sunday News
Rumbidzai Mhlanga, Sunday Life Reporter
A Bulawayo entertainment centre is out to resuscitate jazz music through Jazz and Soul Sunday shows.
The jazz shows have been running for the past three months at Green Gardens every last week of the month, hosted by radio and television host Morris Touch. The recent show was graced by live performances by Thamie Khumalo, Rute Mbangwa and Thandy Dhlana, supported by Bluez Cafe.
“We realised we have so many amazing jazz and soul artistes and if we do not create platforms like these their talent will die or they might end up moving to other genres,” said Morris Touch.
He indicated that the response from the public has been good.
“The support that we are getting from the public is amazing. Those who love and appreciate jazz music are loving the shows because the shows are not only about the music, but also about the vibe that we have created, the people that you meet and the beautiful environment,” said Morris Touch.
One of the oldest jazz groups in the county, Cool Crooners said the shows brought together a cross section of fans.
“We felt honoured to be given such a platform as a group to have a chance to perform since it had been long since we performed in Bulawayo. I’m sure people where thinking the Crooners no longer exist. I think the show is a connection that unites both the old and the new generation. I was surprised by the people who came to watch the show, many of them being the young generation showing that they love and appreciate jazz,” said George Salim, one of the members.