Jam That Session is an entertainment company founded by Obie Mavuso & Andiswa Mkosi which strives to create platforms for artists by uplifting or showcasing the rich culture of artistry in South Africa.
Enter Jam That Session (JTS), a niche creative platform born through the collective efforts of Cape Town based musicians Andiswa Mkosi and OBie Mavuso. Through the hosting of small scale events and tours, JTS provides a safe, intimate and like-minded space for young, black, aspirant artists and musicians. Although they host the odd big name artist, their goal is primarily to create a space for up and coming musicians to find their feet, hone their skills and network with other artists.
Sitting in the intimate, but ever bustling Nest Space in Cape Town where JTS host many of their events, Andy and OBie discuss the challenges of promoting a niche platform in the local scene, and the challenges of being a young artist in South Africa.
Despite the challenges, JTS have gone on to host a number of events across Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and more. Over the years they’ve showcased countless burgeoning artists as well as worked with a few well known names such as Nakhane Toure, Lebohang ‘Nova’ Masango, and Loyiso Mkize.
Perhaps most importantly, Andy and OBie aren’t simply event managers or promoters, but musicians themselves. Having both been involved with music from early ages, they know intimately, the fears, pitfalls, dreams, aspirations and other intricacies that young artists go through on a daily basis.
In terms of music acting as a platform for a discordant and at times, voiceless youth, JTS are convinced that it’s the perfect mouthpiece to broadcast a new thinking and a new way of engaging with contemporary struggles and everyday politics.