Library Jams © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

The Goethe-Institut always strives to support local arts and culture, so LibraryJams aims to create performing and income-generating opportunities for artists in a safe environment - while simultaneously producing fresh digital content.

Three artists perform short concerts in front of a small, select audience in the Goethe-Institut’s library, while their performances are recorded and then later released in a video series. Think Tiny Desk Concerts, but in a Joburg library! 
 
The first season features exclusive, intimate performances by The Charles Gene Suite, Zoë Modiga and ShaSha. The next seasons will follow in those footsteps, bringing you the best in South African music!

Library Jams Ep. 6: Mandla Mangeni © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Library Jams Ep. 6: Mandla Mlangeni

For this special episode of the LibraryJams, South African trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni brought together Ariel Zamonsky (bass) and Xolani Mfula (tap) to create a one-of-a kind performance! Each artist brings their own unique flavour to our library, as shown during their take on "musical chairs", where they take the stage one after another. However, the full strength of the group comes when they combine all their voices, weaving their sounds intricately together.

Melo B Jones © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Library Jams Ep. 5: Melo B Jones

From the start of her performance, you can feel Melo B Jones deep appreciation for rap music. Next to a great band, consisting of Gabriel Montgomery (Keys), Sam Ibeh (Drums) and Robert "Evoke" Magwenzi (Bass), she is also supported by Dimakatso - her loop station!

Bongeziwe © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Library Jams Ep. 4: Bongeziwe Mabandla

Even if you don't understand Bongeziwe Mabandla's home language isiXhosa, you get a profound sense of the joys and heartbreak that love brings to him. His South African folk sound is the perfect example of what the LibraryJams aim for.

Library Jams Ep. 3: Charles Gene Suite © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Library Jams Ep. 3: Charles Gene Suite

Meeting with the flurry of excitement that is the many members of The Charles Géne Suite, one needs to be sharp to not get lost in the inside jokes being thrown around.

Library Jams Ep. 2: Shasha © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Library Jams Ep. 2: Shasha

The thumping bass and staggering log drums are complemented well by Shasha’s unique voice, which was carved by her years of experience in church choirs.

Library Jams Ep. 1: Zoë Modiga © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Library Jams Ep. 1: Zoë Modiga

Rooted in African spirituality and Zulu folklore, Modiga is graced with the stage presence of the greatest performers out there.