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April 08, 2013

Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2013: photos and videos

Those who know me will say that "she lives for travel and music", and every year the best event to hit our beautiful city has to be the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, this being the 14th year that it has delighted me and provided food for my soul.

The Robert Glasper Experiment performs

The line-up was something out of my vinyl dreams, starting off with a free concert on Wednesday  April 3, featuring acid jazz greats The Brand New Heavies.

The two-day event, running over Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April, had over 40 international and local artists under one roof. It's become known as Africa’s Grandest Gathering, and after attending Saturday night's line-up, which included Grammy award winner Jill Scott and the Robert Glasper Experiment, I'd say this is no lie.

Some of this year's performers included Thandiswa Mazwai of Bongo Maffin, who was one of the pioneering sounds behind kwaito in the 90s, and our own local songbird, Claire Phillips, who won my heart back with her album Say My Name.

Barbarito Torres is one of the remaining four original members of Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

 

Hailing from Belhar on the Cape Flats, Phillips has a unique and beautiful understanding of jazz, having grown up listening to South African jazz legends; she proved that local is lekker!

With so many performers and so many stages spanning the Cape Town International Convention Centre, it was so hard to choose who to watch, but top of my list was Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, featuring Omara Portuondo.

Her voice has always captivated me and her stage presence reminded me of one of our own great singers, Miriam Makeba. At the age of 82, this dame of Cuban ballads had the Cape Town crowds dancing.

Below are some of my highlights of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2013 – bring on Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2014!

Getting to see the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, featuring Omara Portuondo, has to be one of my lifetime highlights. Even though Compay Segundo, Rubén Gonzaléz and Ibrahim Ferrer are no longer with us, the timeless magic that the Buena Vista legends created lives on

Jill Scott has the crowd wanting more

The Robert Glasper Experiment lights up the stage

Claire Phillips had me singing every word. Love this woman!

 

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