'Being a pioneer is very lonely situation' - Peter Tladi, founder Joy of Jazz

In the profile interview, founder of the Joy of Jazz Peter Tladi chats about the difficulties of being a pioneer, and the evolution of Jazz in South Africa.

Tladi says that being a pioneer is very lonely situation.

He adds that being a pioneer means that you make decisions some people don't like.

I was born in Sharpeville... In 1960, during the shooting, my parents and I moved to Everton only to find out that it was also happening there... We just stuck it out.

Peter Tladi, founder of the Joy of Jazz

I started working for a couple of record companies, and there was a company called 'Black Music Management. which was owned by Babsy Mlangeni... There were a few blacks who really attempted to run record labels.

Peter Tladi, founder of the Joy of Jazz

Tladi says that the State Theatre was the home of the Jazz Festival.

When I started the Joy of Jazz at the State Theatre, it was a war if I didn't have Hugh Masekela on board.

Peter Tladi, founder of the Joy of Jazz

When we got to Newtown, our audience was around 1 800 he adds.

Tladi says that when they left State Theatre for the Convention Center, they were attracting close to 28 000 people.

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This article first appeared on 702 : 'Being a pioneer is very lonely situation' - Peter Tladi, founder Joy of Jazz


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