From packed-to-the-rafter houses singing every word to every song (The Soil – we loved you!) to sizzling hot collaborations at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival, music has been one of the hottest tickets of the Festival this year. Photographer Harold Gess got up close and personal with the musicians performing in Jazztown this year.

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Photo: Harold Gess

Buhle Mda of The Soil at the National Arts Festival 2017 / Photo: Harold Gess

Photo: Harold Gess

Ovation Award Winner Guy Buttery at the National Arts Festival 2017 / Photo: Harold Gess

Photo: Harold Gess

Jimmy Nevis at the National Arts Festival 2017 / Photo: Harold Gess

Photo: Harold Gess

Karen Zoid at the We Could Be Divine concert in the Guy Butler Theatre / Photo: Harold Gess

Photo: Harold Gess

Desmond and the Tutus at #NAF17 / Photo: Harold Gess