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March 06, 2013

A music aficionado’s guide to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival

American jazz diva Jill Scott will perform live at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival from 5 to 6 April, 2013. Photo courtesy of Mikamote

With just a month to go to Africa’s grandest music gathering, the 14th Cape Town International Jazz Festival, on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April, 2013, the Mother City is abuzz with excitement.

To be held once again at the impressive Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), this year’s festival is set to thrill jazz lovers with world-class music.

The playbill:

Reading like a Grammy and South African Music Awards (SAMA) nominee list, the 2013 festival playbill features more than 40 acts, including sultry diva Jill Scott (USA), Gregory Porter (USA), South African legends Jimmy Dludlu, Errol Dyers and Claire Phillips, and Spanish maestro Chano Domínguez.

For the more contemporary music fans, Mi Casa (South Africa), the Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matt Garrison trio (USA) and more will perform, too.

Equally as exciting is the artist list for the popular annual Free Community Concert on Wednesday 3 April, 2013. Expect to dance like no one’s watching to the sounds of some of the festival's headliners.

The venues:

While the CTICC, which hosts regular major events such as the Good Food & Wine Show and Design Indaba, will be the bustling hub for the main event with five stages, the iconic Greenmarket Square in the city centre will once again be the setting for the Free Community Jazz Concert.

Hitting the right (money) notes:

The best things in life are free and so is the Community Jazz Concert but for the festival-goers, a day pass entry to this mega-event is R440 (weekend passes are already sold out!) Tickets are available at Computicket.

Remember to take extra cash along for refreshments at the Food Village and festival memorabilia, as well as for a Rikki or tuk-tuk cab, if you’ve indulged in too many sweet, alcoholic drinks.

Stay the night:

Papa might have been a rolling stone, but you don’t have to be. Lay down your jazz hat and head at one of the fine accommodation providers in our musical city.

For more information about the 14th Cape Town International Jazz Festival, visit www.capetownjazzfest.com.

Watch the video below for a taste of what you can expect from jazz diva Jill Scott at the festival:


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