Big names in jazz fest line-up

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - LISA ISAACS

A STEL­LAR line-up for the next Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val has been an­nounced, with Sipho Hot­stix Mabuse, Court­ney Pine and Ba­sia set to grace lo­cal stages.

Known as “Africa’s Grand­est Gath­er­ing”, five stages will host acts at the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, with more than 38 000 rev­ellers de­scend­ing on the city.

The Cape Town-based trio Beat­en­berg, with mem­bers Matthew Field, 25, on vo­cals and gui­tar, Ross Dorkin, 24, on bass and Robin Brink, 24, on drums, are new en­trants to the fes­ti­val.

Their first al­bum Farm Pho­tos was re­leased in­de­pen­dently in 2011. In 2012, they per­formed at Rock­ing the Daisies. But this year has marked their break­out. Their DJ Clock-col­lab­o­rated hit Pluto (Re­mem­ber Me) took ra­dio sta­tions and the lo­cal pop scene by storm.

Brink said the group were hon­oured to be part of the lineup. “It’s our first time play­ing at the fes­ti­val. For us this is crazy, it’s huge. I can’t be­lieve that our band’s name is on a poster with all those other leg­ends.

“We all love jazz. We also want to bring our mu­sic to a dif­fer­ent au­di­ence – a jazz au­di­ence – to ev­ery­one who ap­pre­ci­ates good mu­sic,” Dorkin said.

Mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille said: “The City of Cape Town wants to en­sure greater recog­ni­tion of cul­ture and her­itage. We want to cel­e­brate our cul­tural land­scape.”

Arts and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Nathi Mthethwa said the fes­ti­val was an im­por­tant “flag-bearer” for the role and con­tri­bu­tion of the per­form­ing arts in tourism, na­tion-build­ing and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

The fes­ti­val will take place on the week­end of March 27 and 28, 2015. Book­ings opened yes­ter­day.

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