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March 30, 2010

Jazz lovers gather in Cape Town

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A previous festival. Photo courtesy Paul Perton

Cape Town’s 11th International Jazz Festival takes centre stage in Cape Town during April this year.

More than 40 global and African artists have signed up for what is undoubtedly the most prestigious music event to be held on African soil.

The two-day event, which runs from Saturday, April 3, to Sunday, April 4, will see a number of talented performers jazz it up at Cape Town’s International Convention Centre.

Although last year’s event attracted a massive 32 000-strong audience, this year’s festival attendance is expected to eclipse this figure, as many more foreign tourists arrive in South Africa ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

An amazing repertoire of jazz styles, from classic to funk, is expected to keep audiences entertained on five separate stages for the duration of the event.

With a solid, decade-long track record, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival continues to lure jazz greats such as Grammy-nominated songwriter, guitarist and producer, Jonathan Butler; Vusi “the voice” Mahlasela; South Africa’s pre-eminent female vocalist, Judith Sephuma; Afro-jazz sensation, Selaelo Selota; the evergreen George Benson and his 28-piece orchestra; Michaela Rabitsch and Robert Pawlik Quartet; Mezzoforte; Paulo Flores; Allou April; Stix Hojeng; Brooklyn Funk Essentials; Tete Mbambisa’s Big Sound and the Glenn Robertson Jazz Band – to name just a few of the many highly talented performers.

One of the highlights of this annual festival is a free community concert in Greenmarket Square. The bill includes some top festival performers and attracts thousands of jazz lovers to the historic outdoor venue in the heart of Cape Town.

The festival includes a jazz-themed photographic exhibition, school music workshops, jazz master classes and an opportunity for children to learn more about the genre.

To book your ticket online, click here.

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