The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), dubbed “Africa’s Grandest Gathering” has to be one of the most noticeable jazz events on every jazz enthusiast’s calendar across the world.
Held in Cape Town, easily one of the world’s most splendid destinations, the festival brings together some of the best the genre of jazz has to offer.
Now preparing for its 15th year, this proudly South African annual event is not short of star dust. The glittering show takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on the last weekend of March each year.
Tracing its origins to the beginning of the 20th century in Southern United States of America, jazz has managed to weather the changes in music as new genres have emerged.
Integrating pop music in America and across the globe, jazz has undoubtedly become one of the most popular music genres across Africa as well.
This year the CTIJF will be star-studded, featuring artists from South Africa, United Kingdom, Netherlands, United States of America, Mozambique, India and Australia as it shows unity in diversity.
There will be a little bit of everything for everyone present and no one will return without having nodded their head or tapped their feet to the beat.
Acts that many will be more familiar due to their popular music influence will be from the soulful United States songstress Erykah Badu.
The younger crowd will certainly enjoy the vibey sounds from South African house music group Mi Casa. The acapella South African group, The Soil will also bring a different flavour to the show.
A collection of talented, multi award winning artists who have been in the industry for decades and will be sure to keep the attendants on their toes for the two days the festival will run.
Cape Town, ‘The Mother City’ will not only bring together this constellation of stars. It will offer those who come here some of the most beautiful landmarks in the world where visitors.
A ride up Table Mountain on a cable car should be the experience of a lifetime and a visit to Robben Island where the late Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for 27 years during the apartheid era is also a must-not-miss.
With amazing shopping centers, beach and waterfronts there will be no time to blink when visiting Cape Town.