In just under two months, the city of Cape Town will once again host the mother of all music festivals in South Africa: the 14th Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) on 5-6 April 2013 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
To add fever on top of the excitement already gripping the corridors of die-hard jazz audiences, the organisers have revealed a sweet and magical line-up of 40 best performers from 12 countries who have promised to blow thousands of fans lovers away.
Close to 40 000 people attended the event last year, and the organisers are expecting this number to double up in 2013.
US three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Scott, who withdrew from the event last year due to filming commitments, will this year be part of the jazz train headline acts, and has promised a jazz show made in heaven.
Another US magic muso Lauryn Hill had to be brought in at the last minute last year to replace Scott, but unlike her, Hill was a disappointment all the way.
Speaking in Johannesburg, Rashid Lombard, festival director and espAfrika CEO, said: “Jazz and popular music luminaries from every continent will be represented at this year’s event in keeping with the CTIJF’s ever-growing standing as one of the world’s major music gatherings, and Africa’s premier lifestyle event. We are also extremely proud that this year half our line-up hails from Africa.”
Here are some of the great names:
• Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist Norman Brown
• Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum and renowned jazz trumpeter Rick Braun, who together will perform as BWB
• Master of jazz and rock violin Jean-Luc Ponty (France), a graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris who has performed across the globe to great acclaim, and Steve Turre one of the world’s eminent jazz innovators, trombonist, who has worked with Ray Charles, Stephen Scott, Woody Shaw and Blakey
• Brother Ali (US), who will add some hip-hop flavour to the event
• CéU from Brazil, who will combine samba, reggae, dub and electronica with amazing tunefulness.
• Dubmarine (Australia), a nine-piece group that brings together dub, dancehall, reggae, drum ‘n bass and rock, and fuses it with other elements of world music
• Chef’Special, from the Netherlands, an ambitious band of funk, hip hop, rock and reggae
• From South Africa, here come five highly talented women: Sonti, Thandiswa Mazwai, Auriol Hays, Claire Phillips and Pu2ma
• From South Africa again, the regrouped new formula Mafikizolo, featuring male-female duo Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza
• Zen-funk quintet Ronin (Switzerland), who will perform their ‘ritual groove music’
• Senegalese maverick Cheikh Lô (Senegal)
• Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portuondo (Cuba), Brand New Heavies (UK), Chano Domínguez (Spain), Gregory Porter (USA), the Jack DeJohnette Trio featuring Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison (USA) and the Robert Glasper Experiment (USA).
• From South Africa: Louis Moholo who presents 4 Blokes and 1 Girl, Ibrahim Khalil Shihab, Afrika Mkhize, Jonathan Rubain and Don Vino, and Ben Sharpa and Pure Solid
• From South Africa: reggae-infused Afro-beat band Trenton and the Free Radicals
• South Africans Errol Dyers, Jimmy Dludlu, Khuli Chana and AKA, Micasa, the Reza Khota Quartet and Zonke Dikana
The main sponsor of the CTIJFis Festival 2013 is the national Department of Arts and Culture, supported by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as the broadcast sponsor.
The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) has also come on board as one of the funders of the training and development (T&D) arm of this year’s festival, through the non-profit organisation South Atlantic Arts and Culture Trust.
SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said: “The SABC has been instrumental in the success of the CTIJF since its inception in 2000, and has therefore committed to deepen its partnership with this sought-after industry event. We are looking forward to its partnership with the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2013.”
Book at Computicket, ticket prices are as follows: day passes R440 and weekend passes R645.
For more information, log in www.capetownjazzfest.com.
*Photo courtesy of Getty Images. Sandra Cordeiro from Angola performing live at the 2011 CTIJF.