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!
After Spha Mdlalose's LibraryJams performance at LAPA, the audience felt like they had just come out of church: her mixture of jazz, soul and gospel, combined with her powerful voice touches on your deepest emotions. Therefore, it is only right to release this episode on a Sunday, serving you with your weekly dose of spirituality.
Four guys from Soweto with a shared love for local music, inspired by history, experimenting and growing together. 'Udondolo', their debut album, is an excellent example of South African music, as the sound is built on the many cultural influences of their home "village" of Soweto.
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.
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!
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.