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March 31, 2009

Jazz festival turns 10 in Cape Town


Jimmy Dludlu at the 2008 Cape Town International Jazz Fest, photo courtesy André-Pierre

Latin, afro-pop, soul, hip-hop, blues and funk are the sounds to be heard at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in the Mother City on April 3 and 4.

The festival, now in its 10th year, will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Music lovers will be spoilt for choice with over 40 local and international artists – among them the Stylistics, 340ml, Freshly Ground and Mos Def – performing on five stages.

Formerly known as the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival has been ranked the fourth-best music festival worldwide by the social network Melodytrip.

The festival is not just about entertainment – it is developing the music industry and the local community by holding music and business training workshops.

The South African trumpeter, Hugh Masekela, will be celebrating his 70th birthday on stage at the festival on April 4.

A weekend pass costs R485 and a day pass R330. For those who wish to attend the concerts on the “Rosies” stage, there is an extra fee of R25 per artist. For more information call + 27 21 422 5651 or visit www.capetownjazzfest.com.

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