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Cape Town Jazz Festival draws large crowds
April 11, 2017, 12:25 pm

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), one of the largest jazz festivals in Africa was held last week in South Africa. Affectionately referred to as “Africa's Grandest Gathering", the two-day festival featured South African, African and international artists.

One of the biggest musical events in Africa, and arguably the world, the 18th edition of the annual CTIJF began on 31 March and brought together a mixture of remarkable big names and newcomers from the jazz musical scene. The festival provided an opportunity for audiences to gain exposure to local, regional and international jazz music.

Among the mix of jazz performers were Manu Dibango (Cameroon), Jonas Gwangwa (SA), Judith Sephuma (SA), Kamasi Washington (USA), and Andra Day (USA). Other artists included Darren English, Deepak Pandit, Dope Saint Jude, En Vougue Dan Brubeck, Dave Koz, Lauryn Hill, James Ingram and over three dozen more artists. The musicians graced the five stages erected for the festival and thrilled the estimated 37,000 music lovers from across the world who attended the festival.

Among the jazz sensations at this year’s festival was 83-year-old Cameroonian legend Manu Dibango will graced the stage, teaming with Sama-winning Mozambican Moreira Chonguiça. Dibango is arguably one of Africa's best jazz saxophonists. Multi-award winning reedman Kamasi Washington shared his vast expertise in jazz and music composition with young fans and jazz enthusiasts in a rare, intimate setting that was open to questions and audience participation.

The festival also served as an important marketplace for many young up-and-coming artists to meet and liaise with leading artists, and performers to inspire dialogue and explore musical opportunities.

The CTIJF, which held its inaugural event in 2000, is now ranked as one of the top jazz festivals worldwide competing with Switzerland's Montreux and Holland's North Sea Jazz festival.


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