Jazz fes­ti­val to mark its 21st in great style

Wide ar­ray of stars to per­form on mul­ti­ple stages in Cape Town on March 27 and 28

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ONE USU­ALLY cel­e­brates a 21st with a party, and the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val is no ex­cep­tion.

This year’s fes­ti­val, tak­ing place on March 27 and 28 at the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, prom­ises au­di­ences mul­ti­ple stages with a wide ar­ray of world­class artists per­form­ing over two nights.

Cel­e­brat­ing its 21st year, the Cape Town jazz fes­ti­val gives (the au­di­ences) an op­por­tu­nity to see cel­e­brated in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians.

It is also a plat­form to show­case bril­liant young African tal­ent.

Sadly, Ab­dul­lah Ibrahim, who is now 85, has de­cided to with­draw from the pro­gramme due to the risk of trav­el­ling, but or­gan­is­ers have given the as­sur­ance they are work­ing with the rel­e­vant bod­ies, such as the Western Cape Depart­ment of Health and the City Tourism of­fice to en­sure a suc­cess­ful event.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Billy Domingo said the line-up this year in­cluded leg­ends Ju­dith Se­phuma and Jonathan But­ler, the UK’s Koko­roko and Ezra Col­lec­tive, Manou Gallo from Côte d’Ivoire, Earl Sweat­shirt and Joel Ross from the US, and Cape Town’s Sounds of Brass.

Join­ing them will be Nige­rian Afro-beat com­poser and per­former Femi Koya, re­garded by many as the new face of the African renaissanc­e. The au­di­ence will get to see self­taught mu­si­cian Aaron Rim­bui, who joined lo­cal jazz mu­si­cians, Her­bie Tsoaeli and Ayanda Sikade, to form the Kwetu Trio and South African dar­lings, the Ndlovu Youth Choir.

The Ndlovu Youth Choir won in­ter­na­tional ac­claim when they reached the fi­nals on

last year, and per­formed to sold-out au­di­ences on their first in­ter­na­tional tour.

Other ex­cit­ing artists on the bill are jazz mu­si­cian Nduduzo Makhathini, win­ner of a Stan­dard Bank Young Artist Award; trum­peter and vo­cal­ist Man­disi Dyanytis, whose (2018 CD) was nom­i­nated for a Sama; Pre­to­ria jazz vo­cal­ist, Gabi Mo­tuba and AusTe­bza (Tebogo Se­dumedi) who plans to launch her new al­bum at the fes­ti­val.

There are still tick­ets avail­able for the fes­ti­val, with a gen­eral ac­cess week­end pass selling for R999 and a day pass at R649.

For the full VIP hospi­tal­ity pack­age, con­tact Sa­man­tha Pien­aar (021 671 0506) or email hospi­tal­[email protected]­pafrika.com or visit the capetown­jaz­zfest web­site for de­tails.

The of­fi­cial spon­sors of the 21st an­nual Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val are In­de­pen­dent Me­dia, AYO Tech­nol­ogy So­lu­tions, The Depart­ment of Arts and Cul­ture, The City of Cape Town, En­gen, Scot­tish Leader, Coca-Cola Penin­sula Bev­er­ages, SAB AB-INBEV, Ray­mond Weil and Heart 104.9FM. | Staff Reporter

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