Mafikizolo, Angie Stone & Others at the Cape Town Jazz Fest
Thousands of fans flocked to the "Mother City" this past week to revel in the magic of the African Continent's biggest music gathering; the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF). Affectionately dubbed “Africa’s Grandest Gathering,” the
Thousands of fans flocked to the “Mother City” this past week to revel in the magic of the African Continent’s biggest music gathering; the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF).
Affectionately dubbed “Africa’s Grandest Gathering,” the festival is the biggest music event in sub-Saharan Africa and fourth biggest in the world. The 7th annual fest kicked off with a week of jazz inspired public events in the city of Cape Town, culminating in two days of star-studded performances on the 1st and 2nd April. The program was made up of a 50/50 split between South African and international artists.
While America’s Angie Stone was the biggest draw card of the event, other notable names from a list of 40 artists included South Africa’s women of song duo, Dorothy Masuka and Abigail Kubeka and the famous Afropop band, Mafikizolo. Amadou and Mariam from Mali, who were performing for the first time in South Africa highlighted the value of Africans coming together and connecting through music.
Over the years, the festival has grown to encompass more than just live music. Fashion shows, photo-exhibitions, music and art workshops are some of the few events taking place in conjunction with the famous festival.
The festival organizers, espAfrika have also invested in various community outreach programs to make the event more inclusive and accessible to the greater public by hosting concerts in local communities and involving high school bands in the music line up, demonstrating that there is more to what makes the Cape Town International Jazz festival a world renowned event.