What You Should Know About The 17th Cape Town International Jazz Festival


44 local and international artists gave it their all to ensure that music lovers experience only the best live entertainment. From jazz to Afro-pop, a variety of music genres was covered by artists across the five stages at Africa’s grandest gathering.

Grammy-nominated festival headliner, Angie Stone struggled through her performance on Friday night, as she fell ill at 6am on Friday morning at the hotel she was staying at but she managed  to hold herself together throughout her performance. Angie gave festino’s a taste of some of  her new music and sang some of her popular hits such as ‘I Wish I Didn’t Miss You Anymore’.
Favourite’s on Friday night was definitely Dorothy Masuka and Abigail Kubeka. They revived the 50s Sophiatown apartheid struggle with their rendition of ‘Meadowlands’, a song which symbolised people’s resistance during the apartheid era at the time.  A surprise appearance was made by American actor, Idris Elba during their performance.

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Other favourites were DR. Victor & The Rasta Rebels, American R&B trio, SWV as well as the winner of the espAfrika Young Legends Competition, Lana Crowster and French singer, Laëtitia Dana.  Favourite’s on Saturday night were American grammy award-wining jazz artist, Cassandra Wilson, Afro-pop duo Mafikizolo, R&B soul singer,  Nathi.

Vusi Nova and BadBadNotGood from Canada who’s performance was marked by a surprise appearance by American rapper Mos Def. The awkward moment of the night had to be when someone in the crowd asked Mos Def “Where is your passport?”.

BadBadNotGoodGood really impressed festino’s with their fusion of jazz, hip-hop, punk and dance music.

Another awkward moment  of the festival came when Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa was booed off stage during Mafikizolo’s performance on Saturday night. He was called on stage to deliver a speech, but could barely speak, as he was booed off.
Festino’s were also encouraged to sign up to the anti-racism pledge and take a stand against racism.

Source: The South African

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