If you are looking for the best South African and international jazz artists gathered under one roof, look no further than the 21st Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
The 2020 edition of Africa’s grandest gathering is set to blow audiences away with some of the hottest talent giving it their all on March 27 and 28 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
“The 2020 CTIJF promises an unforgettable line-up,” festival director Billy Domingo said. “The CTIJF is passionate about developing local talent and the learners who attend our Sustainable Training and Development programme will have outstanding local examples on stage to inspire them.”
Joining South African jazz legend Jonathan Butler on stage is Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer. The Grammy-nominated Butler draws on a vast repertoire, while constantly exploring new genres. Dulfer has performed with musicians such as Dave Stewart, Prince, Van Morrison, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, among others.
“Since its inception, the CTIJF has been a platform to showcase emerging and established talent from the continent and further afield. Over the last 20 years, we have shown the world that this festival is about more than just live music — it’s about building a community of music lovers and developing the next generation of acclaimed musicians,” Domingo said.
Kenyan-born Aaron Rimbui is a self-taught pianist, keyboardist, drummer, bandleader, producer and composer. In 2017, Rimbui joined South African jazz icons Herbie Tsoaeli on bass and Ayanda Sikade on drums to create the Kwetu Trio.
Jacob Collier has been dubbed as one of the most innovative musicians of his generation. A self-described autodidact, Jacob taught himself to play over a dozen instruments in his music room in London.
Joining these international acts in celebrating 21 years of the finest jazz is some of the best homegrown talent that South Africa has to offer.
Abdullah Ibrahim, South Africa’s most distinguished pianist and a world-respected master musician, has toured the world extensively for more than a quarter-century. An icon of the South African resistance movement, his song Mannenberg — ‘Is where it’s happening’ became an unofficial national anthem for black South Africans under apartheid.
Songstress Lira, whose music career spans 15 years and includes six studio albums and three live DVDs, has established herself as one of South Africa’s foremost female artists and a formidable presence on the global music scene.
Port Elizabeth trumpeter and vocalist Mandisi Dyantyis blends traditional gospel with new age Afro-pop to create an award-winning sound for jazz lovers. His album Somandla was nominated for Jazz Album of 2019 at the SAMAs.
The Ndlovu Youth Choir, who won hearts across the globe when they appeared on America’s Got Talent, have been performing to sold out shows on their first
These are just some of the acts the CTIJF has announced will be performing at the jazz fest: MF Robots (UK), Gabi Motuba (SA), AusTebza (SA), Ndlovu Youth Choir (SA), Lady Zamar (SA), Femi Koya (Nigeria), Lira (SA), Mandisi Dyantyis (SA), Kwetu Trio feat. Aaron Rimbui, Herbie Tsoaeli and Ayanda Sikade (Kenya/SA), PJ Morton (US) and the BirdSong Ensemble (SA/Switzerland/Germany and Swaziland), among many others. — iol.