The JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, hits its 22nd year, and has going digital. The festival, hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, has collaborated with esteemed Durban musician George Mari who has composed the rhythmic soundscape that will be the festival’s theme screening music. This will be launched on the opening night on Tuesday, 25 August at 7pm.
George Mari is a Durban-based trumpeter and composer who enjoys playing mainstream jazz and composing original material. Although his first love was jazz, George started his career playing in Durban’s dance bands while still in high school. George has a Master’s degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging (UKZN) and has recorded two CD’s: Since I Met You and Syringa Avenue.
George says, “It is a real privilege to share my sound-scapes and to collaborate with a festival such as JOMBA!, especially at a time when most artists have been forced to create in isolation. COVID-19 has unleashed new possibilities for my exploration into rhythm, percussion and technology which is used to manipulate the sounds. Rhythm is life and life is rhythm!”
The festival runs online from 25 August to 6 September on the jomba.ukzn.ac.za website.