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Cape Town International Jazz Festival
March 29, 2017, 1:12 pm
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The 18th Cape Town International Jazz Festival will be held on 31-1 April 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. 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.

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) is the flagship event for the leading events management and production company espAfrika, which has staged and produced several world-renowned events.

Affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. The festival, now preparing for its 18th year, is an annual event famous for delivering a star-studded line up of some of the Best South African and International Jazz artists. The programming - unique to the CTIJF is made up of a 50/50 split between South African artists and international artists respectively.

The festival annually boasts 5 stages with more than 40 artists performing over 2 nights. The festival hosts in excess of 37, 000 music lovers over the 2 show days.

Some of the top musicians that will perform this year are:

 DARREN ENGLISH (SA/USA)
 DEEPAK PANDIT /MARCUS WYATT/ RANJIT BAROT (INDIA/SA)
 EN VOGUE (USA)
 ESCALANDRUM (ARGENTINA)
 ERNIE SMITH (SA)
 GRETCHEN PARLATO (USA)
 JONAS MOSA GWANGWA & FRIENDS (SA)
 JAZZ FUNK SOUL WITH EVERETTE HARP, JEFF LORBER & PAUL JACKSON JR. (USA)
 JUDITH SEPHUMA (SA)
 LAURA MVULA (UK)
 MANU DIBANGO AND MOREIRA CHONGUICA (CAMEROON/ MOZAMBIQUE)
 RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA BIRD CALLS (USA)
 SIYA MAKUZENI (SA)
 SEKUNJALO EDUJAZZ BAND (SA)
 SKYJACK (SA/SWITZERLAND)
 SOWETO STRING QUARTET (SA)
 TAYLOR MCFERRIN AND MARCUS GILMORE (USA)
 THE RUDIMENTALS (SA)
 TUNE RECREATION COMMITTEE – TRC (SA)
 VUDU (SA)
 ANDRA DAY (USA)
 BUDDY WELLS SEXTET (SA
 CAMILLO LOMBARD presents A CAPE TOWN SHOW CASE (SA)
 CHRIS HANI HIGH SCHOOL (SA)
 DIGABLE PLANETS (USA)
 JAMESZOO (NETHERLANDS)
 JOKKO (SENEGAL)
 KAMASI WASHINGTON (USA)
 MANGO GROOVE (SA)
 NOMFUNDO XALUVA (SA)
 POPS MOHAMED (SA)
 SONIK CITIZEN (SA)
 STTA (SA)
 THANDISWA MAZWAI (SA)
 TOM MISCH (UK)
 TRESOR (DRC)
 THE INTERNET (USA)
 TSEPO TSHOLA (SA)


JONAS MOSA GWANGWA & FRIENDS (SA)

The 40-year career of veteran composer, trombonist, bandleader and director Jonas Mosa Gwangwa, born in Johannesburg’s Orlando East township in 1937, epitomises the marriage of art and activism. The two-time Oscar-nominee began playing while still at high school (St Peter’s College), in the Huddleston Jazz Band. He paid his dues in several well-regarded bands– but was also woodshedding in the modern jazz sessions at the Odin Cinema, eventually becoming a core member of the ground-breaking Jazz Epistles.

In 1961, he left South Africa as a cast member of the musical King Kong, eventually securing a scholarship to study at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York. During 15 years in the USA, Gwangwa composed and arranged music for, among many others, Miriam Makeba and, with the patronage and collaboration of singer Harry Belafonte, worked tirelessly to make America aware of the evils of apartheid. From the military camps of Umkhonto we Sizwe across Africa, Gwangwa recruited, trained and directed talented young performers for the Amandla Cultural Ensemble, which toured the world raising awareness and thrilling audiences.

His work on the score of the film Cry Freedom won both the Ivor Novello and Black Emmy Awards, and was also nominated for Oscar, Grammy, and Ivor Novello, Anthony Asquith and BAFTA awards. He composed music for the massive London Mandela 70th Birthday concert, for South Africa’s Olympic bid, for the launch of the National Coat of Arms and for many documentaries celebrating great South African lives and struggles.

Gwangwa holds honorary Doctorates from UNISA and Walter Sisulu University, received a meritorious award from then-president Nelson Mandela and the Order of Ikhamanga in Gold. He has released seven albums as leader since his return from exile. The late producer Koloi Lebona described him as having “seen life’s sunshine and shadows and learned about himself along the way. The tales he tells through his music come from the heart.” But for him, as he told TimesLive “I never had the notion of being a big star or having big money. I was just into the music.”

JAZZ FUNK SOUL WITH EVERETTE HARP, JEFF LORBER & PAUL JACKSON JR. (USA)

This contemporary jazz supergroup was the brainchild of the Shanachie label, which realised fans would instantly warm to a line-up uniting three of the world’s most admired fusion players: reedman Everette Harp, keyboardist Jeff Lorber and guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. Their self-titled 2014 album debut won instant worldwide acclaim, and a Grammy nomination. That wasn’t the first such nomination for Lorber who started playing piano at the age of four, and who has been touring with various formations – most notably The Jeff Lorber Fusion – since 1977. Lorber, who also composes and produces, has been hailed as one of the founding fathers of contemporary jazz and, among others, launched the career of Kenny G.

He continues to work both in collaborations such as Jazz Funk Soul, and on his own projects, most recently the 2015 album Step It Up with Jimmy Haslip. In contrast to Lorber’s cool, laid-back style, Everette Harp brings an assertive, warm, churchy saxophone sound to the stage. Houston-born Harp is a Downbeat Award winner who, like Lorber, leads personal projects and adds lustre to the support bands of many other artists including singers Aretha Franklin and Anita Baker.

Reviewing the group’s second album, the 2016 More Serious Business, Allaboutjazz commented that it offered “playing, production and professionalism. Perfect for easy listening after a hard day at work.” Harp can explain why the chemistry of Jazz Funk Soul’s music works so well: “We are very different personalities but we all respect where each other comes from.”

EN VOGUE (USA)

It’s back to the future with all-female RnB group En Vogue, who have sold more than 20 million records to date, starting with their 1990 debut album Born to Sing, which produced the smash hit Hold On, right through to today’s powerhouse vocal outing Déjà Vu, their first single outing in five years. En Vogue have won seven MTV Music Awards, three Soul Train Awards, and two American Music Awards, as well as receiving seven Grammy nominations. In March 2015, Billboard named them the ninth most successful female group of all time. The roots of the music of these ‘real funky divas’ lie in Oakland, California where, in the late 1980s, producers assembled a quartet that they hoped could re-ignite the style, vocal talent and sass of mid-Twentieth Century female vocal groups.

The singers they selected more than fulfilled that promise. En Vogue are credited with originating the innovative blend of soul and hip hop that was dubbed ‘New Jill Swing” in the 1990s. The stresses of an extremely hardworking touring career have led to several personnel switches over the years, and the departure of two original members. Currently, En Vogue is a trio comprising of original members Cindy Herron-Braggs and Terry Ellis, and featuring Rhona Bennett. The UK Guardian’s Caroline Sullivan described a 2015 London performance as demonstrating how they remain “the girls next door…who make a point of having fun… [but still] make you marvel at their technique.”

As for En Vogue themselves, they still love the musical life: “We absolutely love singing. We’re not done just yet. We’re absolutely not ready to put the mics down!” Herron-Braggs told UK publication The Voice online.

Here are som also highlight some of the attractions that visitors to Cape Town may enjoy.

The Western Cape Province is known as a place of great splendour and natural beauty. Boasting a fantastic climate and extraordinary scenic beauty, combined with some of the worlds' greatest beaches, a remarkably rich history, fabulous food and wine culture and wonderful people, this Province offers almost everything you can wish for as tourist. Some of the major attractions include, the Iconic Table Mountain, the scenic Garden Route, the famous Robben Island, (home of political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, during Apartheid), the Cape point (the very tip of the continent of Africa where the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean meet), the beautiful and vibrant V&A Waterfront, the richness of the local Muslim community in Bo Kaap and District Six with the first masjid built in South Africa over 200 years ago and the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens. Jazz is big in cape Town, from traditional blues through progressive jazz to African influenced jazz to be enjoys in a number of jazz cafes, restaurants, etc..

The top jazz event is the Western Cape is the annual Cape Town Jazz Festival. The Great Bark river in the garden Route offers a historic village with many opportunities for Whale and dolphin watching along the extensive coast. Bungee-jumping at the Gouritz River Gorge, hiking and mountain biking and angling are popular activities. A spectacular shoreline journey of the cape Peninsula will take you to the Cape Point, the very tip of the continent of Africa where the cold Atlantic Ocean meets the warm Indian Ocean.

For more information and bookings please visit the following website: http://www.capetownjazzfest.com/bookings

 

 

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