Queen of neo-soul, Erykah Badu would lead the line-up for the 15th Cape Town International Jazz Festival scheduled to hold at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on the 28th and 29th March 2014.
Rashid Lombard, CEO of espAfrika and the founder of Africa’s Grandest Gathering assured Jazz buffs that they would be spoilt for choice and would have to work out a time-sharing formula because of the numerous fabulous music and entertainment offerings on the five stages at the two-day event.
“This year’s line-up is set to spark and ignite an even grander and more energetic experience than ever before, and perfectly sets the tone for the next 15 years of JazzFest”, Lombard promised.
Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile corroborated Lombard’s assurance, saying that the festival will also improve the skills of participating local artistes while reflecting on the progress of South Africa as a nation.
“It showcases our brilliant local talent, while also attracting leading jazz artists from all over the world”, Mashatile said. “This has allowed the CTIJF to help grow a larger skills base within our creative sector, which, in turn, helps strengthen and celebrate our cultural diversity”.
South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is the official broadcast sponsor of the 15th CTIJF.
International artistes expected at the festival are Erykah Badu (USA), Haitus Kaiyote (AUS), Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet (USA), The Foreign Exchange (USA), Kenny Garrett Quintet (USA), Chris Dave and the Drumhedz (USA), Rakesh Chaurasia & Friends (India), Snarky Puppy (USA), Jaco Maria (Mozambique), Carmen Lundy (USA), Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya; Andreya Triana (UK).
Kirk Whalum “The Gospel According To Jazz Africa” Chapter I, Frank Paco Art Ensemble (Mozambique), Lalah Hathaway (USA), Level 42 (UK), Moh Dediouf (Senegal), Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Trio (USA), Shakatak (UK), Tasha’s World (The Netherlands), and Tizer Quintet(USA) complete the list.
The South African artistes scheduled to feature are Jonas Gwangwa, The Soil, Jimmy Nevis, Shane Cooper, Reason, The Muffinz, Ological Studies, Soul Housing Project, Dr Philip Tabane and Malombo, AKA and Da.L.E.S, The Mike Rossi Project, Trespassing Permitted, The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra, Bokani Dyer & Kyle Shepherd, Mathew Gold, Mi Casa, The Shape of Strings to Come, Jimmy Dludlu (featuring Alvin Dyers, Richard Ceasar and Saudiq Khan, with C-Base Collective), and The Worcester Secondary School Band.