Jazz fundis or fans have been crying for years for not seeing their favourite music genre on television and streaming platforms. Good news, starting from the 20th of January South African jazz fans will start to enjoy a non stop music of jazz, soul and blues on both DSTV and Showmax thanks to Quincy and his business partners to bring the channel to Manzi.
“We are elated to be part of Multichoice family and to launch Qwest TV to the African market. We are expanding our mission to offer high-end music to everyone. Africa is a land of traditions and music, and we’re very happy to build such a great partnership on this gorgeous continent!“ says CEO Reza Ackbaraly.
Music icon Q explains, “I’m so proud to announce that Qwest TV is now available on Multichoice, Africa’s leading entertainment network. This means that my friends in South Africa, and forty-three more African territories, will have access to great, genre-defying music, 24/7. From African legends proudly proclaiming their heritage to jazz, classical, electronic and amazing deep-dive music documentaries, Africa is the source of music’s heartbeat and the cradle of modern music. I’m looking forward to celebrating diverse sounds with y’all!.”
The channel was founded in 2017 by the legendary Quincy Jones, alongside TV and music producer and programmer Reza Ackbaraly, Qwest TV plans to bring genre-agnostic musical content to the African continent.
The channel offering includes:
- Exclusive concerts from legendary artists as well as rising stars from across the globe
- Premium music documentaries
- Archived artist footage
- Unreleased interviews with music icons including Erykah Badu, Questlove, Salif Keita, Gregory Porter, Marcus Miller, Seun Kuti, Kamasi Washington and Fatoumata Diawara
“What is key to us is that, whilst our audiences are driven by an appetite for homegrown content, we also complement it with the best in international content. To this end, we work with a selection of partners to ensure a comprehensive one-stop shop for our customers. Our partnership with Qwest TV is one we are thrilled about, and we cannot wait for our DStv customers to experience it,” says Georginah Machiridza, executive head for general entertainment channels at MultiChoice Group.