“AFRICA’s Grandest Gathering” – the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) – this month looks to deliver a star-studded line-up that is sure to entice both impassioned jazz devotees and mainstream music lovers.
Since its inception in 2000, the CTIJF has become the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa and is recognised as the fourth-largest jazz festival in the world. The festival has grown to host in excess of 37 000 music lovers, with fans from across the globe travelling to South Africa to attend.
The grand gathering boasts a selection of more than 40 artists each year, and being a locally-produced event, the CTIJF sports a unique programme that consists of a 50/50 split between South African and international artists respectively.
Some of South Africa’s greats have graced the stage of previous festivals, including those among the country’s most noted cultural ambassadors, Hugh Masekela and the late Grammy Award-winning singer Miriam Makeba, and famed Afro-pop group Mafikizolo, to mention just some of the high-class local artists.
This year, jazz lovers and audiophiles can again look forward to performances by a number of South Africa’s most-loved artists, including trombonist/composer Jonas Gwangwa, master musician Abdullah Ibrahim, as well as bassist Shane Cooper, who won the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for jazz.
The organiser’s selection of local entertainers extends this year to include Mi Casa, AKA and Da.L.E.S, The Muffinz, Philip Tabane and many more.
Hailed by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile, as a festival that reflects “how far we have come as a nation”, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is a local job-creator and provides a financial boost to the city’s coffers annually.
Friday 28 March & Saturday 29 March 2014. Cape Town Iinternational Convention Centre, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town. UPDATE: ALL TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT.