Cape Town International Jazz Festival is the known as the grandest gathering in Africa
In excess of 30000 music lovers are expected to descend on the Mother City on Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1, for their annual jazz pilgrimage. That’s right – it’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival time again.
The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is the flagship event for events management and production company espAfrika, which has staged and produced several world-renowned events. Affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering” by both South African and international media, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival ((CTIJF) has garnered a reputation for being the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. Now preparing for its 17th year, the annual music celebration has become renowned for delivering star-studded line-ups, year in and year out. This proudly South African-produced event is hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) each year on the last weekend of March or the first weekend of April. This year, the festival will boast multiple stages, featuring over 40 artists performing over the two nights. The programming is made up of South African and international artists respectively.
This year Cape Town International Jazz Fest ticketholders can look forward to the likes of:
- Darren English
- Deepak Pandit, Marcus Wyatt and Ranjit Barot
- Dope Saint Jude
- En Vogue
- Ernie Smith
- Gretchen Parlato
- Jonas Mosa Gwangwa & Friends
- Jazz Funk Soul with Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber and Paul Jackson JR.
- Judith Sephuma
- Laura Mvula
- Manu Dibango and Moreira Chonguica
- Siya Makuzeni
- Rudresh Mahanthappa Bird Calls
- Sekunjalo Edujazz Band
- Soweto String Quartet
- The Rudimentals
- Tune Recreation Committee
- Vudu Show
- Mango Groove
- Camillo Lombard presents a Cape Town showcase
The organisers’ commitment to the development of the music arts industry the festival has developed a Corporate Social Investment programme. The Training and Development programme runs co-currently with the festival as well as throughout the year. The South Atlantic Arts and Culture Trust was set up to run the Training and Development programme and to “continue to bring the joy of music, as well as essential skills to more and more people in South Africa and beyond.”
* For more information, visit www.capetownjazzfest.com.