CT jazz fes­ti­val set to fos­ter African mu­sic

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT -

ESPAFRIKA has pulled out all the stops to en­sure the 18th Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val ex­ceeds all ex­pec­ta­tions. Jazz fans are likely to make a bee­line for the ex­cit­ing acts an­nounced in the sec­ond half of the line-up: sax­o­phon­ist, pro­ducer and com­poser Ka­masi Wash­ing­ton (US) whose re­lease The Epic shook up the jazz crit­ics’ pick lists in 2015 and won the 2016 Amer­i­can Mu­sic prize, earn­ing new fans across the world in the process; Grammy-nom­i­nated singer An­dra Day (US) whose song Rise Up has been adopted as an an­them for change through­out the world; vo­cal­ist, pi­anist, com­poser and mu­sic ed­u­ca­tor and two-time Metro Mu­sic Award win­ner Nom­fundo Xaluva (SA); and multi-award win­ning sax­o­phon­ist, com­poser and ar­ranger Buddy Wells, who will lead his own band in a sen­si­tive yet blis­ter­ing set as the Buddy Wells Sex­tet (SA).

For those who favour ur­ban sounds and hip hop there is al­ter­na­tive hip hop trio Di­ga­ble Plan­ets (US); dance/elec­tronic mu­sic pro­ducer James­zoo (NL); STTA (SA), a live con­cept band and City Fes­ti­val Bat­tle of the Bands 2016 win­ner com­pris­ing drum­mer Js­tar, turntab­lists DJ Raiko and DJ P–Kut­tah, three live beat ma­chine sam­plers, ver­sa­tile vo­cal­ist/ Nasty J aka Joniq; and singer/com­poser, mul­ti­in­stru­men­tal­ist and pro­ducer Tom Misch (UK), who leaves his London bed­room stu­dio to head to Cape Town for the first time.

Also on the line-up is mu­sic from the deserts of Mali, Morocco and the Kala­hari. Jokko is a su­per­group of African in­stru­men­tal­ists which brings to­gether five top-rank­ing play­ers of tra­di­tional in­stru­ments, all flu­ent in the mod­ern lan­guages of pop, dance and jazz: renowned bal­a­fon (wooden xy­lo­phone) player Aly Keita, stringed in­stru­ment (guem­bri and ghayta) player Me­hdi Nas­souli, Foulane Bouhs­sine “the Mozart of the ribab”, bassist Childo Thomas and, Sene­galese drum­mer Sega Seck.

Some of the coun­try’s great­est tal­ents, from big lo­cal names to ris­ing stars, will also be fea­tured, in­clud­ing com­poser, multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist and pro­ducer “Pops” Mo­hamed, South Africa’s “un­of­fi­cial min­is­ter of mu­sic” whose so­cial commentary takes root in pre­serv­ing the her­itage of indige­nous mu­sic.

Also grac­ing the fes­ti­val stage will be the mul­ti­ple award-win­ning and plat­inum­selling group Mango Groove, whose unique “Marabi-Pop” sound has been de­light­ing world au­di­ences since the 1980s.

The Khayelit­sha-based arts and cul­ture fo­cus school Chris Hani High will bring the tal­ents of young past and present stu­dents to the fes­ti­val stage, in­clud­ing stu­dents from its train­ing and de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme.

This year’s spe­cial per­for­mance by Camillo Lom­bard presents a Cape Town Show­case will pro­file con­sum­mate leg­ends who have made their mark in the mu­sic in­dus­try for over four decades. The line-up will in­clude Sophia Fos­ter, Terry For­tune, Sylvia Mdun­yelwa, Sammy Web­ber and songstress Vicky Samp­son.

The Cape Town Show­case also boasts a stel­lar 14-piece band that com­prises a six­piece rhythm sec­tion, five horns and three back­ing vo­cals.

Fans can look for­ward to per­for­mances from mul­ti­ple award-win­ner vo­cal­ist and song­writer Than­diswa Mazwai; Sa­maw­in­ning, Congo-born, Cape Town-based vo­cal­ist/com­poser Tre­sor; and Sonik Cit­i­zen, one of the many mu­si­cal iden­ti­ties of multi-tal­ented per­former, com­poser and teacher, and mul­ti­ple award win­ner Mark Frans­man, who will show­case his “lyri­cal­soul-rock” style.

Min­is­ter of Arts and Cul­ture Nathi Mthethwa said: “The fes­ti­val con­tin­ues to at­tract the best mu­si­cians from South Africa and abroad; and the mu­si­cal col­lab­o­ra­tions that re­sult from this rich en­gage­ment pro­duce mu­sic that cap­tures the cul­tural imag­i­na­tion of our peo­ple, builds con­ti­nen­tal co­he­sion and speaks to the world at large.” – Tonight Re­porter The CTIJF takes place on March 31 and April 1. Book at www.com­puticket.com.

Ka­masi Wash­ing­ton

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