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Wednesday, November 19, 2014


The Cape Town International Jazz Festival has been called the ‘popular upstart’ by Canadian radio station CBC. But upstart or not, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) and “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”’ is ranked within the top 10 best jazz festivals in the world. While talking numbers, it also turns ‘Sweet Sixteen’ in 2015 and is in the mood to celebrate.

espAfrika, a subsidiary of Sekunjalo Investments Limited and the festival organisers, have sourced another stellar line-up of local and international artists and acts from jazz and jazz-related genres – the first 20 (of 40) announced today.

This year’s line-up includes Durban’s own Madala Kunene:

Amel Larrieux (USA); Beatenberg (SA); Bänz Oester and The Rainmakers (SWISS/SA); Claude Cozens Trio (SA); Carlo Mombelli and The Storytellers (SWISS/SA); Courtney Pine presents House Of Legends (UK); Delft Big Band (SA); Dirty Loops (SWEDEN); Gerald Clayton Trio (USA); Melanie Scholtz Presents ‘Our Time’ Ft. Jitsvinger (SA); Madala Kunene (SA); Mahotella Queens 50th Anniversary Celebration With Special Guests (SA); Naima Kay (SA); Sons Of Kemet (UK); Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse (SA); Basia (UK); The Brother Moves On (SA); Purbayan Chatterjee & Talvin Singh (INDIA/UK); Wallace Roney Quintet ft. Lenny White & Buster Williams (USA); Zoe Modiga (SA)

Taking place on the weekend of March 27 and 28, 2015, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) will once again be transformed into festival central with five stages; one of the largest hospitality villages experienced in South Africa and host more than 38,000 Festinos.

The official sponsor for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2014 is the Department of Arts and Culture. Other sponsors include Brandhouse, South African Tourism, City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government and Peninsula Beverages.

Tickets prices R860 for a weekend pass and R530 for a day pass are on sale from Limited Early Bird weekend passes are available. Rosies stage tickets cost R30 per performance and will be available from mid-Feb 2015. Visit www.capetownjazzfest for the updates

For more information contact Networx PR on 021 461 6764 Lee-Anne Williams: 021 461 6764 060 407 4449 Kaz Henderson: 021 461 6764 082 339 1199