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January 26, 2011

Lineup for 12th Cape Town International Jazz Festival announced

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Verdine White and Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind & Fire will be in Cape Town in March for the 12th Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Photo courtesy qtschlepper

Earth, Wind & Fire, Dave Koz, Gang of Instrumentals, Dave Ledbetter and The Clearing, Hubert Laws, Simphiwe Dana, the Wayne Shorter Quartet and Youssou N’Dour are just some of the huge musical acts who will be performing at this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which takes place on March 25 and 26.

Announced yesterday at a packed press conference, these big names make up only half of the lineup, the rest of which will be announced at a similar conference in Johannesburg next month.

The other artists revealed at yesterday’s conference are Christian Scott (USA), Esperanza Spalding (USA), Gazelle (SA), Hanjin (Singapore/Hong Kong), Ivan Mazuze (Mozambique/SA), Lisa Bauer (SA), Monique Bingham (USA), Patricia Barber (USA), Sandra Cordeiro (Angola) and The Flames (SA).

Speaking at the press conference, espAfrika Chief Operations Officer Billy Domingo said the annual jazz festival had moved beyond a mere musical festival to become a “lifestyle experience”.

The 2011 festival’s impressive lineup will be complemented by a series of workshops taking place throughout Cape Town over an eight-day period, the Duotone Gallery’s photographic exhibition (which documents jazz’s global emergence and growth), various arts and crafts stalls and, of course, a free community concert (on Wednesday, March 23) at Greenmarket Square.

Last year’s wildly popular community concert drew 13 000 music lovers to the city centre for a showcase of both local and international artists.

Festival Director and espAfrika CEO Rashid Lombard said that the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is inextricably linked to the brand of Cape Town as a premier events destination and a globally celebrated tourism mecca.

Ticket prices for the 2011 festival, which is happening in and around the Cape Town International Convention Centre, are R365 for a single day pass and R499 for a two-day weekend pass. As in previous years, there will be an extra fee of R25 per act for patrons wishing to attend concerts on the Rosies stage. Tickets are available at Computicket and Shoprite Checkers stores.

Watch this space for the announcement of the rest of the lineup, and visit the official Cape Town International Jazz Festival website for more information.

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