Route du Jazz / Jazz route’s photographic exhibition | 18 Nov-2 Dec at the Orbit

Route du Jazz / Jazz route exhibition at the Orbit (18 Nov - 2 December) 



After Durban (Durban Art Gallery), the Route du Jazz / Jazz Route exhibition curated by the photograph and journalist Samuel Nja Kwa is coming to Johannesburg and will be hosted by the Orbit Jazz Club from the 18th of November to the 2nd of December 2015.


Route du Jazz / Jazz Route exhibition 
November - 2 December 2015
The Orbit Jazz Club
81 De Korte Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng


More about the exhibition

The exhibition includes a series of portraits that can be decomposed into three categories.

Backstage: some portraits of musicians has been made backstage, before or after a concert. Or after a long interview, either at the musician or the hotel or the street. It is a moment of relaxation. The musician appears at times without his instrument, an intimate moment.

Sound check: before the concert, the musicians adjust the sound of their instrument. It is also the time when some resolve small details (a change, a bridge, the order of songs, the correction of partitions, etc.).. Sometimes they play other instruments.

Live: On stage, the musicians take a certain attitude, they have facial expressions. I strive to capture those moments which illustrate their personality.


Artist’s statement

The road and history of Jazz crosses the one of Slavery from the continent of Africa. It starts in Africa, developing different cultural nuances before the European invasion, culminating to its climatic arrival in the year 1917, a year that has become an anchor in its history. A product of a creative mixes between Europe and the African traditional music on American ground, it is a symbolic expression of history.

How can we evaluate the African musical culture once it has been deported? A victim of a violent invasion, how can it be recreated and renewed with the European and the American influences? How has it given birth to Jazz? Are there still traces of Africa in the Jazz of today?

This exposition humbly tries to answer these questions. To do this, a major place has been allowed to the individuals and the influential actors of this era, from the African continent to the Americas, crossing through Europe.

Samuel Nja Kwa: @Ewane64