Mon. May 20th, 2019

Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2019: What you need to know

Cape Town International Jazz FestivalThe 20th Cape Town International Jazz Festival is taking place at the International Convention Centre.

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The festival annually boasts five stages with more than 40 artists performing Friday and Saturday night. The festival hosts in excess of 37 000 music lovers.

You are guaranteed hours of live entertainment and a superb lineup of talented artists, including Shekhinah, Chaka Khan, Don Vino, Craig Lucas, and Sho Madjozi.

Representing the international jazz community will be Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot of Curiosity Killed the Cat from the UK and Ndaka yo wiñi from Angola.

In total, more than 40 performers from a variety of musical styles and genres are set to take the stage to bring you a weekend filled with magic. Domingo said, however, that jazz will still be the main focus of the event.

“Jazz remains our main focus, but we cannot ignore the wide-ranging wealth of talented musicians who deserve to perform at the festival.”

Cape Town International Jazz Festival lineup

Doors open 18:00 on 29 March and the show starts 45 minutes later. From then until 1:30 you’ll be entertained by the likes of Knower from the USA, Gogo Penguin from the UK and Richard Bona from Cameroon.

Saturday’s lineup includes our own Rheza Khota Quartet, Don Laka, Jonathan Butler and Ntsika. International greats include Moonchild and Eliane Elias.

Find the showtimes for the various artists here.

Tribute to Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi

This year, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival will pay tribute to Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi. An African jazz legend, Mtukudzi was set to perform at the festival this year.

The festival’s director, Billy Domingo, said that his life and career would be honoured, and added:

“He has such a special slot in the music of this country; he is irreplaceable: an incredible musician who will be missed by many. We have wanted to do something with him for years.”

Make sure to familiarise yourself with the road closures around the area before you head out.

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