Cape Town International Jazz Festival celebrates 16th year of entertainment
Each year, the Cape Town Jazz Festival grows in strength and popularity. This is underlined by the record sell-out of its initial weekend passes released in November 2014, and the fact that there are very limited day passes, private hospitality and individual hospitality packages available.
200 Grade 11 and 12 students will enjoy the excitement and the unique learning experience of being exposed to a world-class event. They will once again participate in the respected training and development workshops and programmes that are the lifeblood of the festival, as much as the artists who perform here.
Commenting on the growth of Africa’s largest multi-stage music festival and its contribution to the progression of the entertainment economy, Minister of Arts & Culture, Nkosinathi Mthetwa said, “We have been associated with the cape Town International Jazz Festival since its inception and once again, we are proud to be the leading sponsor and supporter of what has come to be known as ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering’.
“The festival has grown by heaps and bounds to become an important flag bearer for the role and contribution of the performing arts, especially jazz music, in tourism, nation building, and above all, economic development. Over the years, the festival has attracted a growing audience from all corners of the country and the world. Significantly, it has created a platform for indigenous artists to showcase their outstanding talent alongside their international counterparts and to continue to nourish the soul of our people,” says Mthethwa.
He adds, “Few will doubt that this festival continues to make a meaningful contribution to bringing diverse people together, creating employment opportunities and fostering a spirit of economic self-reliance among our musicians and other players in the sector.”
Festival director and co-founder of the festival, Billy Domingo states the Cape Town International Jazz Festival has come a long way in 16 years. “Moving with the times, we have evolved from a pure jazz event to being a premier lifestyle festival. Without enjoying what we do, we could not continue to provide an exemplary entertainment experience. The fact that we do still enjoy being in the business is evidenced by the record selling out of tickets and witnessing first hand, the fun had by those attending- whether for the first time or as a regular”.
“Taking account of where we have come from, where we are and acknowledging the incredible team and partners behind the scenes, who make sure the show goes on, we thought we would mix it up a little with a line-up that is a slightly ‘sweeter offering’. We have a little something for everyone- jazz legends, those that are up and coming, musical storytellers, and for the young at heart, some neww sounds, some high energy and some serious stamina, which will be needed to keep up with the on stage musical wizardry, he adds.”
Overall though, the festival remains true to its founders ‘desire to create a platform where young talent can rub shoulders with seasoned artists and together they provide the backdrop to musical entertainment that brings people of all ages, race and cultures together, in the appreciation of music and a good night out while building the foundation for tomorrow.
The 2015 line-up includes local artists such as The Brother Moves On, Hugh Masekela and Oliver Mtukudzi and Carlo Mombelli and the Storytellers. International artists to perform are Thundercat, Cannibal Ox, Al Jarreau, Sons of Kemet and Dirty Loops.
For the full line-up and ticket details, visit www.capetownjazzfest