One of the highlights of the local music calendar, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival Free Concert, will host the iconic Brand New Heavies.
The concert will also feature a host of local talent including Jimmy Dludlu, Cape Town pop star Jimmy Nevis, the St Joseph’s Maritz School band as well as the winner of the popular local Open Mic Jazz Vocal competition Candice Thornton.
The event will take place on Green Market Square on Wednesday April 3 and if the success of the previous 14 concerts is anything to go by, music fans best get there early to book a place close to the stage.
One of the most successful acid-jazz/UK funk groups of all time, the Brand New Heavies have been wowing crowds for over 20 years and show no signs of stopping.
Our own Jimmy Dludlu is a self-taught guitarist and singer, known internationally for his original African Jazz and fusion music.
Nevis needs no introduction to local audiences. The Athlone born singer, songwriter and producer stormed the charts and his second hit single ‘Heartboxing’ is being distributed in the USA.
Thornton is one of the newest talents to emerge from the city, but her command of jazz, blues, R&B and gospel ensures she will hold her own against the big name artists she will share the stage with.
The future musical stars of the St Joseph’s Marist College Jazz band rounds off the fantastic bill. Their repertoire ranges from traditional jazz standards to more contemporary pieces, showcasing the versatility of the musicians in the group.
Festival director and CEO of espAfrika Rashid Lombard says the Free Community Concert is a gift to the people of Cape Town.
“It is now a well-established Cape Town tradition over the festival period. It is a special evening packed with live music and is an exceptional gig for those who are unable to make it to the main show.”
“The free concert has been running as long as the Cape Town International Jazz festival itself and is truly a night for the Cape Town community,” adds Lombard.
Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille says the event, which has grown to include workshops, master classes and focus schools, touches people across the city in different ways.
“It is heart-warming to know that many children from in and around Cape Town are exposed to music, musical instruments and rhythms in an entirely new way,” she says.
“The City and this festival have a long track record together- the event attracts visitors to our city while its communities actively participate in the festival.”
The concerts will start at 5pm and ends at around 11pm and the public is warned to expect road closures around the Green Market Square area before and during the event.