17th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival

17th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival

01 April 2016 - 02 April 2016

espAfrika, organiser of the 17th Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), announced an exciting all-star line-up of artists that are set to deliver an exceptional and unforgettable live music experience in 2016. This was the first artist announcement for the festival, popularly known as ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering,’ that will take place on 1st & 2nd April 2016 in Cape Town and is set to host more than 37, 000 music-loving Festinos.

International artists announced at the press conference held in Johannesburg: Three-time Grammy-nominated soul songstress Angie Stone (USA); Grammy-nominated jack swing trio SWV (USA);  three-time solo bassist award-winner Victor Wooten (USA); singer-songwriter, rapper and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello (USA); Grammy-nominated afro-blues duo Amadou & Mariam (Mali); instrumental jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD (Canada); tenor saxophonist Mark Turner (USA); jazz and R&B vocalist Lizz Wright (USA); santoor and classical artist Rahul Sharma (India) performing with jazz saxophonist George Brooks (USA) and jazz pianist roberto SOLO fonseca (Cuba) and supergroup Jazz Attack ft. Peter White, Rick Braun and Euge Groove (USA)

Shining a light on home-grown talent, the first South African artists announced for CTIJF 2016 include award-winning jazz pianist Afrika Mkhize ft. Eddie Parker (SA/UK); three-time SAMA winners Mafikizolo  ft. Tsepo Tshola; top-selling local phenomenon Nathi with special guest Vusi Nova; rising songbird Tribute ‘Birdie’ Mboweni; SAMA-nominated pop sensation Muzart performing with award-winning hip hop artist Khuli Chana; South Africa’s leading jazz bassist Benjamin Jephta Quintet; Mbokodo Award 'Women in Jazz' winner Thandi Ntuli; Cape Town favourites TopDog; and introducing the exciting new music experience of Tumi Mogorosi and Project ELO.

Africa’s Grandest Gathering, now celebrating its 17th year, just got grander. American singer and songwriter Cassandra Wilson will grace the Rosies stage with her tribute to Billie Holiday – for jazz lovers this rich and sublime experience is not to be missed.  Many critics acknowledge Wilson as the pre-eminent jazz singer of our time and her highly anticipated performance at CTIJF 2016 is set to be a feature for many Festinos.

Also enhancing the star quality of this glittering line-up is multi-award winning, drummer, percussionist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, arranger, producer, composer, instrumentalist, author and humanitarian, Sheila E.  She is a celebrated artist in her own right, but has also graced the performances of other major entertainers such as Prince, for whom she is a regular contributor, Ringo Starr and Beyoncé.   Sheila E.’s music fuses pop, R&B, funk, rock, Latin and jazz, creating a unique signature that has been heard in solo and as support.

Adding even more weight to the 2016 line-up are the likes of: JAV (Reunion Island/Mozambique/SA); multi-award winning local and international pop reggae aficionados Dr Victor & the Rasta Rebels (SA); Cape jazz master, Ramon Alexander (SA); hip hop and soul fusion mistress Laëtitia Dana (France); versatile guitar virtuoso Cameron Ward (SA); award-winning pianist, composer and producer Bokani Dyer (SA); jazz guitarist Themba Mokoena (SA); ‘indietronica’ electronic artist Felix Laband ft. Derek Gripper (SA); Gugulethu hip hop crew Driemanskap (SA); kora specialist and acoustic guitarist, composer, arranger & performer Derek Gripper (SA); the multi award-winning and much loved Elsies River School Band (SA); the scintillating voices of the multiple award-winning singers and composers, Dorothy Masuka, Abigail Kubeka ft. Lemmy ‘Special’ Mabaso who form Legendary Ladies in Song (SA); jazz pianist Tete Mbambisa’s Big Sound (SA) brings the party to Cape Town; psychedelic/dream hip-hop duo Christian Tiger School (SA); replacing Afrika Mkhize is award-winning jazz pianist Nduduzo Makhathini’s Listening to the Ground Project ft. Eddie Parker; adding to the mix is the supremely talented Sekunjalo Edujazz Big Band (SA).

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