Published: Sunday July 15, 2012 MYT 12:41:00 PM
South Africa's Scholtz triumphs at French jazz fest
JUAN-LES-PINS (France): South African singer Melanie Scholtz notched up a triumph Saturday at the "Jazz a Juan Revelation" festival in the French Riviera town Juan-les-Pins, winning all three prizes.
The 33-year-old from Cape Town took the Jury Prize, the Public Prize and the RTL Prize at the festival, which wound up late Saturday.
"Jazz is a completely natural thing to me," she told AFP, recalling her saxophonist father had played her records by jazzmen like Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderley.
Scholtz, who is of mixed race - "I have Zulu, Irish and Indian ancestors" - is also interested in traditional South African music and performed before Nelson Mandela in 2003 before going on to work with Scandinavian musicians. - AFP