SOUTH AFRICAN JAZZ APPRECIATORS ASSOCIATION
The South African Jazz Appreciators Association (SAJAA) was established on 10th August 2013 at its inaugural AGM at Ohlange Institute, Inanda, KwaZulu Natal; where its Constitution and Charter were adopted and the first National Executive Committee elected. SAJAA is a registered NPO: 162-914.
The primary objective of SAJAA is to develop and grow Jazz appreciation in South Africa. To this end SAJAA has representation in eight of the nine Provinces of South Africa. Limpopo is the only Province that has as yet not affiliated.
Membership structure progresses from individual appreciators who join appreciation clubs in their localities. The clubs form a regional structure in the demarcated municipal regions. The Regions then form a Provincial Structure which then affiliates to national SAJAA.
SAJAA has developed a strategic plan to ensure its objectives are met. Implementation is at Club, Regional, Provincial and National levels. Some of the programmes in the plan include national annual events such as “Youth Jazz Day” in June, “Imbokodo – Celebrating Women in Jazz” in August and “After-Festival Jam Sessions” held on the Sundays after the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival. These events provide opportunities for networking, Youth development, Jazz education and a platform for local Jazz musicians to showcase their talents. The events also provide fundraising and brand-building opportunities for SAJAA
ITHEKU REGIONAL JAZZ ASSOCIATION
iTheku Regional Jazz Association (iTReJA) is community based organisation that has affiliates from jazz clubs within the community of EThekwini municipality. ITReJA is affiliated to South African Jazz Association Appreciators [SAJAA] with jazz clubs across all nine Provinces in South Africa, they host jazz sessions every Sunday if not at least once a month. It is registered as a Non-Profit Organisation [NPO].
STRIKE A WOMAN, STRIKE A ROCK
iMbokodo Jazz Festival is the flagship annual event organized by SAJAA. It will be at this celebration for women where the country's finest female talent can be found on one stage.
iTReJA and SAJAA's vision is host to an annual iMbokodo Jazz Festival in Durban during women’s month, to be dominated by women artist, 70% women -30% men split this fiscal and 80% -20% men in 2018 and ultimately 100% women. This year it will be the first ever jazz festival to commemorate and celebrate women in jazz artists.
The main goal is to inculcate youth participation in Jazz activities in order to unearth hidden talent, channel talented girl child towards the jazz genre, but more importantly channel their energy in the right direction in order to address societal challenges gripping the country at the moment, leverage on the festival to develop women and girl child activists and Ambassadors on women and children issues.