March 28, 2012
Cape Town’s soulful sons and daughters
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
Known as Africa’s Grandest Gathering, this year's 13th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival will see a myriad of world-class local and international musicians energising the Mother City’s night skies with soulful harmonies. This anticipated event draws people from far and wide, all eager to taste its offerings. With the Mother City playing host, it is fitting that some of her offspring are included. Below is a list of some of Cape Town’s soulful sons and daughters that will headline at this year's event:
This accomplished electric and acoustic bass player first began his musical career while growing up in Cape Town’s East Nyanga township. Herbie has collaborated with well-known artists such as Abudullah Ibrahim, and has played internationally. His latest album, African Time, showcases his remarkable instrumental ability on the bass and his deep vocals. Herbie will offer jazz lovers his passionate compositions at the exclusive Rosies venue at the festival.
Lindiwe’s solo career was launched in 2009 after her beginnings as the lead singer of an eight-piece musical outfit, The Collective Imagination. Brimming with creativity, Lindiwe offers sultry, soothing sounds that generate a mellow atmosphere of warmth. Her persona and elegance make for great stage presence and a memorable performance.
With tracks such as Taking it Easy already featured on the South African Top 40, this trio has been wowing listeners with fresh, jazzy, electro-swing sounds. Ben Peters, Juliet Harding and Raiven Hansmann make up this terrific trio, playing music sure to get you dancing and grooving. Already boasting both a local and international following, their unique blend of passion, electro beats and jazzy tones is sure to see them rise to the top on merit and not just good luck.
This talented artist (born in Cape Town and also known as Tshidi Ibrahim), is the daughter of South African pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim. Raised in New York City, and a graduate of the LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts (the setting for the TV show Fame), Jean Grae sets the stage alight with hip-hop tracks that have earned her worldwide acclaim for her rapping ability and edgy lyrics.
This hip-hop group was launched in 2005 in Guguletu, Cape Town, and has grown in leaps and bounds, with an innovative rapping and energetic stage presence, exploring fresh sounds and always eager to push boundaries. This was evident when they participated in Red Bull's revolutionary 24-hour project that saw them record, mix, master and launch an album in 24 hours. Be sure to see them in action at the Bassline stage at the Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 31.