The Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2016 will be taking place this weekend, from Friday 1 April to Saturday 2 April 2016. Boasting a full line-up of outstanding artists from around the world, this festival is not only one of the biggest jazz festivals in Africa – it is also one of the top highlights of the entertainment calendar.
This year, the festival hails the start of autumn, taking you into the next month with the soothing, sultry sounds of piano, sax, trumpet and guitar. Let’s take a look at what this year’s festival is all about…
What to Expect at This Year’s Cape Town Jazz Festival
First up, a few quick details…
Where: CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre), Foreshore
When: Friday 1 April & Saturday 2 April 2016
Cost: R590 for a Day Pass; R30 per Rosie’s Stage Ticket (these are for CTJF pass holders) – tickets available via Computicket
Facilities: Food and drink, merchandising, foreign exchange, ATM, restrooms and more
Info Hotline: +27 21 671 8716
The 17th annual CT Jazz Fest will be held at Cape Town’s iconic conference centre, which is conveniently located in the City Centre. A free community concert was held last night on Wednesday 30 March 2016 to kick off the festival’s start this weekend. The aim of the festival is to bring both new and old fans of jazz together, in a celebration of music. Over 40 acclaimed artists from South Africa, USA, Canada, UK, Africa, Cuba and other destinations will be performing over the course of a two day event that is packed with concerts, workshops and entertainment. Fans will be able to purchase music at the festival, food and drink stalls will be available along with many facilities and enjoy a total of five stages. Simply put, this is an event that you do not want to miss – especially if you are crazy about jazz music.
The line-up for the festival includes the following jazz artists from all over the world:
Afrika Mkhize (SA)
Eddie Parker (UK)
Amadou & Mariam (Mali)
Angie Stone (USA)
Benjamin Jephta Quintet (SA)
Peter White (UK)
Rick Braun (US)
Euge Groove (USA)
Lizz Wright (USA)
Tsepo Tshola (SA)
Mark Turner (USA)
Meshell Ndegeocello (USA)
Muzart & Khuli Chana (SA)
Nathi & Vusi Nova (SA)
Rahul Sharma (India) & George Brooks (USA)
Roberto Solo Fonseca (Cuba)
Thandi Ntuli (SA)
Tribute ‘Birdie’ Mboweni (SA)
Tumi Mogorosi & Project Elo (SA)
Victor Wooten (USA)
Security measures will be in place to ensure that fans enjoy the event responsibly and safely. While drinking is allowed on the premises, no booze may be brought in to the convention centre. No firearms or illegal substances are permitted either. Fans are encouraged to drink responsibly and enjoy the vibe. This event is about community and coming together to celebrate a love for music, with fans from all walks of life attending in large numbers. Enjoy the fun and stay safe!
Hopefully, you have your tickets ready for this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival – if you don’t, you may be able to get some last-minute tickets if you’re lucky!
Will we be seeing you at this year’s Jazz Festival? Let us know who you’re most looking forward to hearing perform!