The phenomenal Cape Town Jazz Festival will be going for its 13th outing in 2012.
As usual, an amazing collection of the world’s greatest musicians will be packed into one weekend, hosted in Cape Town, starting on March 30th 2012.
This year, James Ingram leads the parade of world class musicians who will keep festinos (regular festival attendees) enthralled in the shadow of Table Mountain.
Trumpet maestro Dave Koz will be back for the second year in a row; this time he will be accompanied by special guest, Patti Austin. The Grammy award winning vocalist will also feature in her own performance with her band the Patty Austin Trio.
A younger lineup has also been drawn for the party stage, otherwise known as the Bassline Stage. The youth oriented stage features acts collected from around the world for their often unique take on live music performances.
This year, the Bassline will host French New wave/Bossa nova group, Nouvelle Vague and South African/American Lindiwe Suttle.
Lindiwe isn’t just known as the most stylish singer in South African music, she is also the daughter of Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, the one time eTV Talk show host.
Keeping to the good music and sharply dressed theme will be house music sensation, Zakes Bantwini. The charismatic North West Province’s king of Motswako, HHP will also be performing one of his legendary live sets at the Bassline. Though the Cape Town international Jazz Festival is known more for the big name Jazz musicians acts, there will be an interesting collaboration to look out for that is likely to hook the older and younger crowds. Hugh Masekela will be collaborating with Vusi Mahlasela, Thandiswa Mazwai, and Zolani Mahola (of Freshly Ground) to present a musical tribute to Miriam Makeba.
With the Cape evenings fully dedicated to music of all types, especially jazz, the day is an opportunity to discover what makes Cape Town so magical.
The beaches of Cape Town attract the beautiful people from all over the world but offer something for everyone. Camps Bay is the most famous of beaches along the Cape’s Atlantic coast. If a quick dip in the invigorating water is not for you, then just watch the day wear on with a cocktail at any one of the many restaurants, cafes and stylish bars that line the promenade facing the sea.
For an alternative view of the Cape you can head to the V&A Waterfront where you would be able to choose between two totally different ways of seeing Cape Town.
Your first option is taking a helicopter ride to see Cape Town from the air with options that include going as far as Cape Point, or around Robben Island.
The shortest trip is a 15 minute flip along the coast past Camps Bay, over the Twelve Apostles mountain range, over the City Bowl back and to the V&A Waterfront.
Alternatively, you could take a more leisurely sun set cruise out into the Atlantic where you will see the magical mountain from the water, including Green Point Stadium in all its glory.
Just like the epic views, staying in Cape Town can be quite an event. Take for instance the Protea Fire & Ice hotel designed to be unexpected at every turn. The hotel’s elevators are themed to make guests feel like they are going Shark Cage Diving or going up Table Mountain in a cable car. The hotel’s Action Bar has a cool feature for keeping your drinks fresh; Ice is placed inside the bar counter so your drink stays icy cold.
As we all know, good times are always better when shared with friends and family and Fire & Ice gives you an opportunity to bring your crew. The ‘Be Cool With your Friends & Family’ offer allows you to book one room and get the second room for free! The more the merrier!
Who knew that there was still something to be had for free in this world? Only in Cape Town!