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All-Female Jazz Band ‘Heels Over Head’ Pays Tribute At The State Theatre


All-Female Jazz Band ‘Heels Over Head’ Pays Tribute At The State Theatre

This concert presented by iSupport Music Business in partnership with The South African State Theatre is part of the State Theatre’s Vavasati Festival and of a special national tour that all-female jazz band Heels over Head is presenting as part of celebrating the band’s 10-year anniversary this year. The band will be in Pretoria on Friday 17 August at 8pm. Tickets are available on Computicket. The ladies of jazz will pay tribute to the women that paved the way for them. Expect Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie and Mimi, but also a hint of neo-soul with Jill Scott.

“All band members chose musicians that influenced their career,” explains Rebekah Doty,drummer of “easy-breezy pop-jazz” band Heels over Head.. All five women have put in thought and worked on the songs together to come to a fully-fledged tribute to their personal icons. The concept was initiated because the band noticed that iconic women continually inspire them. They want to recognise the accomplishments of female singers, instrumentalists and songwriters.  “Women have had so much to say over the years, and now that women’s rights are still being called into question, it’s even more important to honor our voices,” Doty, drummer of “easy-breezy pop-jazz” band Heels over Head says.

The band aims to empower women in this industry and have a history of effectively doing this. Many members that played in Heels over Head in the past now have successful solo careers. The members individually are also all involved in motivation of young female musicians through teaching and mentorships. “The girls”, as they are affectionately known, were booked for their first performance in August 2008 when they entered the music industry as young upcoming jazz band consisting of music students from the University of KwaZulu Natal. Today, this is 10 years ago and the ladies organised a collaboration tour to celebrate, the girls aim to celebrate their 10 year anniversary and want to, at the same time, keep offering stages for young talents in jazz. This is why during this tour they constantly seek to exchange between female musicians from different cities.


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