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2010 Cape Town International Jazz Festival - A Photo Essay

George Benson reaching out to the Cape Town crowd, photo by Deon Gurling George Benson wowed crowds at the 11th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival last night. The ten-time Grammy Award-winner, talented jazz guitar player and vocalist passionately entertained the sell-out crowd. According to his website, Benson says, “In the end, it’s about the songs and the stories. That’s what keeps the music fresh for me. That’s what keeps me coming back. If you come up with a great melody and put the right lyrics to it, I’m immediately excited.”

41st Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon - More Photographs

Women’s race winner Olesya Nurgalieva, photo by Deon Gurling Olesya Nurgalieva of Russia won the women’s race in 3:41:53, beating her twin sister, Elena. This was almost a repeat of the 2008 race, when Olesya won her first Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. However, two years ago she clocked the second fastest time in the race’s history, winning in 3:34:53. Her sister Elena finished in second place, just 32 seconds behind her.

George Benson thrills a sell-out crowd at the 2010 Cape Town International Jazz Festival

George Benson thrilled crowds at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, photo by Deon Gurling The stars were out in force last night, on the opening night of the 2010 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. The sold out shows drew thousands to the Cape Town International Convention Centre, to see some of the world’s greatest jazz acts and musicians perform on the numerous stages. The crowds also had the opportunity to take in an exhibition of breathtaking photographs of contemporary and bygone jazz artists at the Duotone Gallery.  

Lion’s Head ahead – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of Lion’s Head, taken on a drive from Signal Hill, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Robert Wallace aka RobW_.

The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon group along Chapman’s Peak Drive, photo by Deon Gurling The ultra marathon, now in its 41st year, once again lived up to its moniker as the world’s most beautiful race, as thousands of runners pounded the scenic route from Newlands, across the beautiful but difficult Chapman’s Peak and down towards the finish line back at the University of Cape Town.  

2010 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon - A Photo Essay

Mabhutile Lebopo, photo by Deon Gurling Mabhutile Lebopo from Lesotho won the 41st Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in 3:06:22. Second place went to Moeketsi Mosuhli and third to Teboho Sello, both also from Lesotho.

A spectacular Cape Town day for the 2010 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon route, photo courtesy Shawn Benjamin Photography A large crowd gathered at the University of Cape Town this morning, to welcome the winner of the 41st Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, Mabhutile Lebopo, across the finish line. Lebopo, from Lesotho, ran the 56km race in a time of 3:06:22. Second place went to Moeketsi Mosuhli and third to Teboho Sello, both also from Lesotho. Olesya Nurgalieva of Russia won the women’s race in 3:41:53.

Inside Cape Town Stadium – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph, of the inside of Cape Town Stadium, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Rashiq Fataar aka rfataar.

Cape Town International Jazz Festival Community Concert - A Photo Essay

Jonathan Rubain, photo courtesy Deon Gurling Jonathan Rubain, born and raised in Cape Town, played his bass guitar beautifully for his home crowd. Rubain, who started playing music in his local church at the age of seven, set up the Jonathan Rubain Band three years ago. They are definitely a name to watch.

Cape Town International Jazz Festival Community Concert

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille greets the crowd, photo courtesy Deon Gurling Thousands of Jazz lovers descended on the landmark cobblestones of Greenmarket Square last night for this year’s Community Concert, which was held as part of the 2010 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. The warm Peninsula evening and cloudless sky acted as the perfect backdrop for the smooth sounds.

Places to be and see – A Cape Town Tourism Photo Essay

Cape Town is filled with attractions and activities that visitors and locals alike can enjoy. With the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ around the corner, Cape Town Stadium is ready to host football fans from all over the globe; Greenmarket Square is a must-see, abundant with proudly South African artefacts; the Company Gardens is a great place to relax and enjoy the flora; and the V&A Waterfront is the perfect place to shop, have lunch or enjoy a refreshing cocktail while watching a spectacular Cape Town sunset.

The Cape Town City Bowl – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph, of an aerial view of the Cape Town city bowl, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Marco Scheper aka mas06.

Road closures for Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

Photo courtesy Hubert Januarie A large number of roads in and around Cape Town will be closed to accommodate the 2010 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on Saturday.

Montebello Design Centre, Newlands

The shop. Photo provided by Montebello Design Centre Are you interested in art and crafts? Would you like to spend a little time exploring one of Cape Town’s most unique venues? Whether you’re a visitor or a local, Montebello Design Centre in Newlands has much to offer you.

Bafana Bafana draw with Paraguay

Bafana Bafana came back strongly to secure a 1-1 draw with Paraguay in Asuncion on Wednesday.

Hout Bay Harbour – Flickr pic of the day

This aerial photograph, of Hout Bay Harbour and the yacht marina, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Kiriakos Roussopoulos.

Calling all talented performers

Performers at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Photo courtesy Simon Bisson Cape Town’s talented performers are invited to apply to perform at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, which takes place between June 11 and July 11.

Hiding out on Dias Beach

Dias Beach. Photo by Marie Viljoen When my family first moved to Cape Town, good friends told us about Dias Beach. One morning, armed with picnic baskets, orange juice and Champagne, we went to find it.

The Twelve Apostles from Camps Bay Beach – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph, of Camps Bay Beach and the Twelve Apostles, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Konrad Blum.

How to spend a weekend in Cape Town

Photos by Mike Metelerkamp Recently a friend of mine took a long-overdue weekend visit to the Mother City. She hadn’t seen all that Cape Town has to offer, so I decided to plan an unforgettable trip by selecting a few great things to do in Cape Town.

Jazz lovers gather in Cape Town

A previous festival. Photo courtesy Paul Perton Cape Town’s 11th International Jazz Festival takes centre stage in Cape Town during April this year.

A visit from the Queen Mary 2 – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph, of the majestic Queen Mary 2 luxury ocean liner docked at Cape Town Harbour, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Eric Tollner aka Eric T.

Cape Town International Challenge tickets available

Tickets for the Cape Town International Challenge, which takes place at Newlands Stadium on April 8 and Cape Town Stadium on April 10, are now available through Computicket.

Taste of Cape Town

Photo provided by the Greenhouse Restaurant The Taste of Cape Town food festival organisers promised a more delicious and stylish event than ever before and they delivered just that. From the Grolsch bar, to the divine Johnnie Walker stand with whisky tastings, to the Checkers Wine Route event arena’s elegant lounges, the event epitomised class.

Athletes age in style at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

The start of the 2007 Two Oceans Marathon. Photo courtesy Hubert Januarie Fifty-three athletes will be spending their birthdays competing in this year’s prestigious Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town; they’ll be running with 20 950 other race hopefuls!

Oudekraal Sunset – Postcard from Paul

Table Mountain from the V&A Waterfront – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph, of a view of Table Mountain from the V&A Waterfront, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Dr Cecil M. Schneider aka Davridan.

Absa Cape Epic concludes at Lourensford Wine Estate

German duo, Stefan Sahm (left) and Karl Platt, were the overall winners of the 2010 Absa Cape Epic. Photo by Roy Barford Several thousand people arrived at Lourensford Wine Estate today to enjoy some magnificent mountain biking, sunny skies, as well as the soothing sounds of popular South African band, Watershed.

Colourful Absa Cape Epic

The 2010 Absa Cape Epic concluded at Lourensford Wine Estate on Sunday, March 28.

Street Dancers at the V&A Waterfront – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph, of young street dancers at the V&A Waterfront, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Marc Fletcher aka marc.fletcher.