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November 23, 2011

Artists announced for the 13th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival

The first 17 talented confirmed acts for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2012 were announced by espAfrika at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on November 22, 2011.

"Africa’s Grandest Gathering", as it is affectionately known, will be held at the CTICC from March 30 to 31, 2012 and promises to be a spectacular event with a jam-packed programme of singers, drummers, saxophonists and bassists.

On the bill for the two-night extravaganza are performers like James Ingram (USA); Alfredo Rodriguez (Cuba); Zama Jobe (SA); Goodluck (SA); David Sanchez (Puerto Rico) with special guest Lionel Loueke (Benin) and Patti Austin (USA).

For the full list please see www.capetownjazzfest.com

“We are extremely excited about the variety of the line-up'" says Rashid Lombard, festival director and CEO of espAfrika. "Audiences can expect a sensational mix of world-renowned icons and quality rising stars. As usual, we’ve put together a few exciting collaborative performances.”

On March 28, the free community concert at the Greenmarket Square, always a great spectator event, will showcase some of the international and local acts set to perform at the festival.

In addition to the two musical programmes, the jazz festival will offer interactive skills development workshops to aspirant performers and creatives throughout Cape Town in the week prior, which will include topics like arts journalism and music business.

Now in its 13th year, the jazz festival has grown significantly in stature and size. In a first for an event of its kind, it was commended by President Jacob Zuma in his 2011 State of the Nation address for its staggering R498-million financial contribution to the Western Cape’s economy and to local arts and culture.

“On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I would like to encourage Cape Town jazz lovers to support this year’s festival," says Patricia de Lille, executive mayor of Cape Town. "This musical celebration and national treasure epitomises what this administration aims to do in building an inclusive city by bringing together people from diverse backgrounds throughout the city and the rest of the country.”

With 6 000 tickets already sold, passes are selling like hotcakes (R400 for a single day pass and R550 for a weekend pass). Jazz lovers can buy tickets at Computicket.

For more information, please visit www.capetownjazzfest.com

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