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
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