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March 28, 2012

Cape Town’s soulful sons and daughters

Sultry jazz singer Lindiwe Suttle is just one of Cape Town's soulful children. Photo courtesy freelenz

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:

Herbie Tsoaeli

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 Suttle

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.

Jean Grae

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.

Ill Skills

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.

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