Following President Cyril Ramaphosa's heartfelt appeal to South Africans to be extra vigilant amidst the onset of the second wave of Covid-19 infections, espAfrika, producers of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) announced the postponement of the festival, traditionally held in March each year, to 2022. 31 Dec 2020 Read more Africa's Grandest Gathering will be celebrating 21 years of jazz, and everyone is invited to experience some of the festival's top musicians perform at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival's (CTIJF) Free Community Concert. 11 Mar 2020 Read more Africa's Grandest Gathering will provide the stage for some of the greatest names in jazz, including Judith Sephuma, the UK's Kokoroko and Ezra Collective, Manou Gallo from Côte d'Ivoire, Earl Sweatshirt and Joel Ross from the USA, and Cape Town's Sounds of Brass. They will perform at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), which will take place on 27 and 28 March 2020 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). 13 Feb 2020 Read more Lighting up the stage at Africa's Grandest Gathering will be some of the best local and international music icons, including PJ Morton from the USA, Jacob Collier from the UK, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jonathan Butler - with special guest Candy Dulfer from the Netherlands, Kwetu Trio (featuring Aaron Rimbui, Herbie Tsoaeli and Ayanda Sikade), Lira, Mandisi Dyantyis, MF Robots from the UK and South Africa's Nduduzo Makhathini. 6 Dec 2019 Read more 21st annual celebration of jazz to take place in March 2020
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With less than three weeks to go until the 20th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), festival organisers espAfrika have announced the final additions to the 2019 line-up, with Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes as well as Tonino Baliardo (France) and Jonathan Butler - Homecoming (SA), there is also the announcement of a tribute to the late Zimbabwean guitarist, Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi, who died suddenly earlier this year. 13 Mar 2019 Read more As festinos eagerly anticipate the 20th edition of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), taking place on 29 and 30 March 2019 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, organisers of this world-renowned event have announced a further 15 performing artists from around the globe to join the 2019 line-up. 30 Jan 2019 Read more Table Mountain may be the biggest star on Cape Town's long list of attractions, but it is the people of the Mother City that make this beautiful landmark really shine. 15 Nov 2018 Read more The mesmerising universality of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) is evident in its latest announcement of 12 artists from a range of musical styles and different parts of the world. The 20th annual CTIJF is set to take place on 29 and 30 March 2019, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. 31 Oct 2018 Read more At a time when South Africa's heritage is being celebrated, it is fitting that espAfrika, organiser of the award-winning Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), announces a stellar local line-up. 27 Sep 2018 Read more After the brilliant success of the past three espYoungLegends Online Talent Search competitions, organiser espAfrika has opened entries and announced dates for the fourth annual edition. With past winners Lana Crowster, VuDu and Jarrad Ricketts stunning crowds of festinos with their outstanding performances at CTIJF, it's time to find the next big local sensation in the jazz and jazz-related genre. 3 Sep 2018 Read more In celebration of South African Women's Month, espAfrika, organiser of the award-winning Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), reveals five female-led acts to perform at the upcoming 20th celebration of Africa's Grandest Gathering. 29 Aug 2018 Read more Eight sensational, world-class acts have been added to the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) line-up. CTIJF organiser espAfrika's passion for jazz is rooted in Africa, but this year's line-up lights up the globe with musicians embracing everything from swing-bop to neo-soul, hip hop, Afro soul and Zulu blues. The CTIJF is acclaimed as one of the top jazz festivals in the world, and the 2018 line-up highlights just what makes jazz fusion such a compelling, ever-evolving art form. 1 Feb 2018 Read more In what can only be described as a nail biting and thrilling conclusion to the third annual espYoungLegends 2018 online talent competition, Jarrad Ricketts has been crowned winner and will perform to crowds attending the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) in March 2018. 1 Nov 2017 Read more After an exciting round of public voting that generated over 10,000 votes, organiser of the third annual espYoungLegends online talent search, espAfrika, is pleased to announce the Top 5 finalists. The winner, selected by the public, will perform at the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival, taking place on 23 and 24 March 2018. 25 Oct 2017 Read more Now in its third year, the espYoungLegends 2018 online competition has racked up an impressive array of entries. With the winner performing at Africa's Grandest Gathering - the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), taking place on 23 and 24 March 2018 - this is one prize worth competing for. Today, espAfrika, the company behind the CTIJF, announced the Top 20 finalists that will go through to the next round. 11 Oct 2017 Read more Call for entries: espAfrika invites unsigned musicians to apply to perform at the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival. 15 Sep 2017 Read more Following the unquestionable success of the inaugural event in the winter of 2016, espAfrika will once again stage its eagerly anticipated Royal Escape Experience at the Palace of the Lost City, Sun City. Taking place over 14-16 July 2017, the event speaks to a discerning global audience of pleasure seekers looking for the extraordinary and ultimate in luxury destination getaways. 11 Apr 2017 Read more Los Angeles-based, Grammy-nominated ‘curious and pioneering' hip hop, neo-soul and R&B outfit The Internet is headed to Cape Town. Concluding the line-up for the 18th Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), members, Syd ‘tha kid' Bennett, Matt Martians, Patrick Paige II, Christopher Smith and Steve Lacy will energise and engage fans with their powerful messaging phrased through their unique blend of nuanced soulful melodies and beats, that connect deep within. 2 Mar 2017 Read more At a press conference held in Sandton, The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) heralded its 18th year with a brilliantly edgy, instantly appealing and musically broad line-up that will captivate jazz purists, world music fans, fusion-lovers and soul nostalgics. The first artist announcement line-up that will grace the festival's five stages on 31 March and 1 April 2017 drew appreciative support from the assembled guests and media. 24 Nov 2016 Read more Following furious voting from thousands of fans across the country this past weekend, the final five bands competing for a spot at the 18th Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), have been announced. The second espYoungLegends competition has been met with huge support - from bands and the public - and clearly indicates a need for competitions of this nature and ones that set such a high professional standard. 19 Oct 2016 Read more Successful businesses know that the secret to continued market share growth and satisfying both shareholders and customers is innovation. So after 17 years leading the pack in multi-staged music festivals that entertain thousands of local and international visitors, how do you up your game? The answer is to know your audience, listen, learn and launch something that speaks directly to what your customer wants. 31 Aug 2016 Read more Known for its award-winning hospitality, espAfrika surpassed expectations with the launch of its new entertainment offering - the Royal Escape Experience. The inaugural Royal Escape took place at the Palace of the Lost City, Sun City at the end of July and hosted some of South Africa's business and society leaders. 24 Aug 2016 Read more Following the outstanding success of its inaugural espYoungLegends competition earlier this year, espAfrika, the producer of the award-winning Cape Town International Jazz festival (CTIJF) has opened submissions for young jazz-inspired bands to win the chance to perform at 'Africa's Grandest Gathering' in 2017. 12 Aug 2016 Read more espAfrika, creator and producer of the award-winning Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), has launched a sensational new event in an exciting series of exclusive curated retreats. Addressing the growing demand for unique entertainment experiences in Africa, The Royal Escape Experience is designed to appeal to the burgeoning luxury market, and the requirements for corporates to reward their select clientele. 21 Jun 2016 Read more The Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert is set to entertain and empower the Mother City once again, with this year's edition of the annual fundraising event taking place at the Artscape Theatre on Saturday, 4 June 2016, at 7.30pm. 11 May 2016 Read more It's an all-star line-up for Cape Town's favourite free concert that will take place at Greenmarket Square on Wednesday, 30 March 2016 (5-11pm). 16 Mar 2016 Read more espAfrika, organiser of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), has completed the line-up for the 17th staging of 'Africa's Grandest Gathering'. 17 Feb 2016 Read more In December 2015, espAfrika, organiser of the world-renowned Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), launched a new initiative to discover up-and-coming jazz-inspired talent. espYoungLegends offered young unsigned musicians a chance to expose their talent to the espAfrika audience and a prize to perform at the prestigious CTIJF 2016 in front of thousands of festival-goers. 12 Feb 2016 Read more Following the announcement of the Top 20 bands and performers who entered the espYoungLegends competition, votes for the public-chosen winner to be added to the Top 5 are in. The overall winner selected from the Top 5 finalists including the public's favourite act, will perform at the world famous Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) in 2016. 10 Feb 2016 Read more espAfrika, the organiser of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), has announced the shortlisted entries from their espYoungLegends competition. 2 Feb 2016 Read more espAfrika, producer of the prestigious Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), has launched a brand new initiative called espYoungLegends. This initiative involves a nationwide search for South Africa's most talented jazz-inspired bands with a dream to shine and the talent to back it up. The winner of the competition will be given the opportunity to perform at the 17th Cape Town International Jazz Festival held at the CTICC on 1 and 2 April on the Bassline Stage. 2 Dec 2015 Read more espAfrika, organiser of the annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), has shared more of the glittering names that will join the all-star line-up at next year's festival happening on 1 and 2 April 2016. 25 Nov 2015 Read more Are you an arts writer, blogger or photographer who wants to broaden your horizons?
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espAfrika, organiser of the 17th Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), has announced an exciting all-star line-up of artists that are set to deliver an exceptional and unforgettable live music experience in 2016. This was the first artist announcement for the festival, popularly known as 'Africa's Grandest Gathering,' that will take place on 1-2 April 2016 in Cape Town and is set to host more than 37, 000 music-loving Festinos. 14 Oct 2015 Read more The 'Sekunjalo Edujazz' concert is set to thrill the Mother City once again with the annual fund-raising event taking place at the Artscape Theatre on Saturday, 20 June 2015 at 19h30. 15 May 2015 Read more 'Sweet sixteen' celebrations happened in Johannesburg with the announcement of further artists set to join the line-up for the 2015 Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) in Cape Town on 27 and 28 March 2015. 28 Jan 2015 Read more An accolade to South Africa's musical calendar, The 14th Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert brings us another fantastic night of jazz music. The concert, which takes place at The Artscape Theatre on Saturday 14 June 2014 at 7.30pm, brings together a culmination of school jazz bands mentored under some of the Western Cape's most talented educators. This year the line-up features Ifidyoli String Project, UWC Wind Jazz Orchestra and special guest Jimmy Nevis. As in the past, the proceeds provide educational bursaries for disadvantaged students and promote the rich culture of jazz music amongst our youth. 22 May 2014 Read more Kirk Whalum "The Gospel According To Jazz Africa" Chapter I to play the Summer Jazz Series Finale 10 Mar 2014 Read more espAfrika, organisers of the annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival, is pleased to announce that all tickets are sold out! For South Africa's first live multi-stage music festival and one that is known as "Africa's Grandest Gathering" this is yet another reason to celebrate as the CTIJF approaches its 15th anniversary. 6 Mar 2014 Read more Over the past decade and more, multi-award winning songstress, Judith Sephuma, has crafted an instantly recognisable sound that has earned her a devoted following. From her very first record she has been driven by the desire to inspire and uplift as far as her voice can reach and the South African songbird will ensure she carries on this wish as she takes to the stage on Saturday, 1 March 2014. 21 Feb 2014 Read more Alternative pop music singer/songwriter and producer, Jimmy Nevis, will entertain the crowds at the Liquifruit Amphitheatre, Paarl as part of the Summer Jazz Series presented by Lion of Africa. Nevis, who is currently riding high on the radio charts across the country and with a number one music video on Trace TV, will woo the audience on Sunday, 16 February 2014, with musical favourites such as: Heartboxing, Elephant Shoes and In Love with You. 10 Feb 2014 Read more EspAfrika, the organiser of the acclaimed Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), has launched a new series of outdoor jazz events that will take full advantage of the Western Cape's balmy summer evenings. Presented by Lion of Africa Insurance, 'The Summer Jazz Series', is set to play host to the likes of Jimmy Dludlu, Jimmy Nevis and Judith Sephuma who will be supported by several local acts. It will kick off on Sunday, 26 January 2014, at the Liqui-Fruit Amphitheatre, adjacent to the Taal Monument in Paarl. 18 Dec 2013 Read more International queen of neo-soul, Erykah Badu (USA) leads the impressive initial line-up for the commemorative 15th Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF): 11 Dec 2013 Read more An accolade to South Africa's musical calendar, The 13th Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert brings us another fantastic night of jazz music. The concert, which takes place at The Artscape Theatre on Saturday 15 June 2013 at 7.30pm, brings together a culmination of school jazz bands mentored under some of the Western Cape's most talented educators. This year the line-up features Rondebosch East Primary Orchestra, The Delft Big Band and three times SAMA award winners Mi Casa. Audiences can expect a spectacular night of jazz, fun and music. As in the past, the proceeds provide educational bursaries for disadvantaged students and promote the rich culture of jazz music amongst our youth. 4 Jun 2013 Read more The artist schedule for this year's Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) taking place in Cape Town in the first week of April has changed. 27 Mar 2013 Read more The 2013 Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) will be a hub of both empowerment and world class entertainment spread over eight days. 7 Mar 2013 Read more Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet and critically acclaimed actress Jill Scott (USA) joins the bill for this year's annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) as one of the headline acts. 30 Jan 2013 Read more Buena Vista Social Club and Brand New Heavies to headline Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2013 28 Nov 2012 Read more In the jazz world, playing to a packed club venue is a pretty good measure of success. But when economists start talking about a jazz event's impact on the GDP, it's another level of achievement entirely. For the past seven years, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival has played to full houses - no mean feat when capacity is 33 500 people. And according to research into the festival's economic impact since 2009, the event has contributed more than R2 billion to the Western Cape's GDP. 10 Aug 2012 Read more EspAfrika, producers of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, and GrandWest brings you fresh electro sounds to celebrate the end of the holidays at GrandWest on Thursday, 12 July. 27 Jun 2012 Read more Cape Town audiences and jazz lovers especially, are in for a treat when American musicians David Sanborn and Joe Sample share the stage in Cape Town on Tuesday 10 July at the GrandWest Grand Arena. 22 Jun 2012 Read more Jazz enthusiasts no longer have to hold their breath with the final announcement of artists for the 2012 Cape Town International Jazz Festival announced at Katzy's in Rosebank, Johannesburg. This year's Cape Town International Jazz Festival will take place on March 30 and 31. In its 13th year, the festival continues to titillate South African audiences with the finest in local and international performers at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The headliners reflect the festival's philosophy of broadening audience's perspectives of what is understood as 'jazz'. 26 Jan 2012 Read more Leading South African event and artist promotion company, espAfrika, recently announced the first 17 confirmed acts for next year's 13th Cape Town International Jazz Festival which will take place from 30-31 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). 24 Nov 2011 Read more From the beginning, attracting a mere six thousand music lovers in the year 2000, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival has grown to become the defining music event on the continent. And with an audience now 33 500 strong, the festival's impact goes way beyond the performance arenas. 24 Aug 2011 Read more Festival organisers have outdone themselves with the second artist announcement held at Miami Beach Restaurant on Tuesday 5th July. The much anticipated second announcement was released to a full house of media at the latest press conference. 12 Jul 2011 Read more It's official; the countdown to the party of the year has begun. On Friday 29th July to Sunday 31 August some of the world's greatest musicians will descend at Cine Atlantico in Luanda to provide a musical feast to jazz lovers at the 3rd annual Luanda International Jazz festival where nineteen artists will perform over three days on two stages 14 Jun 2011 Read more To demonstrate their intention to make the Nelson Mandela Bay International Music Festival a world-class musical fiesta, organisers of the new festival have signed up George Benson and Hugh Masekela as two headline acts for the event that takes place on Friday 13 at the Free Community Concert on Vuyisile Mini Square and Saturday 14 May at Port Elizabeth's multi-purpose Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. "The people of Nelson Mandela Bay and Eastern Cape generally also qualify for the best. For too long, touring musicians have concentrated on cities like Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. By bringing musicians like George Benson and Hugh Masekela to the Eastern Cape we want to affirm our belief that the region is no musical backwater," says festival producer and espAfrika director Rashid Lombard. 13 Apr 2011 Read more No other music festival has ever been singled out in a State of the Nation address like President Jacob Zuma did when he referred to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival when he opened parliament on 10 February. Highlighting major achievements in the tourism sector, the country's first citizen stated; "We have also seen the value of events such as the Cape Town International Jazz Festival which, contributed more than R475 million to the economy of Cape Town and created 2 000 jobs in 2010". 24 Feb 2011 Read more The Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert celebrates ten years this year and will take place at the Baxter Theatre on Friday, 12 November. This annual concert has become a regular event on the Cape music calendar and a catalyst for the students that participate in this exciting annual event. 20 Oct 2010 Read more The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, held in April this year, contributed more than R475 million to the economy of Cape Town and the Western Cape. 22 Sep 2010 Read more USA-based pianist, keyboard player and composer, Joe Sample and R&B jazz singer Randy Crawford are the latest exciting additions to the already star-studded list of headline acts at this year's Luanda International Jazz Festival. It was announced today that the Joe Sample Trio and Crawford will appear on the festival's main stage on Sunday, 1 August, at Cine Atlantico. 27 Jul 2010 Read more "Luanda merece", Luanda deserves it!
These were the words of the organisers as they announced the upcoming performance of headline act George Benson on two nights at the Luanda International Jazz Festival in 2010. "After all, why not George Benson, Chucho Valdes, and Dianne Reeves? These are some of the greatest musicians in the world, and this festival is international," says Antonio Cristovao CEO of Ritek, producers of the festival. But, music lovers who gather at Cine Atlantico from July 30th to August 1st will not be allowed to forget that African music is one of our greatest gifts to the world. 22 Jul 2010 Read more
When they launched the Luanda International Jazz Festival in 2009, organisers of Angola's first-ever international jazz festival promised to make the event a platform where musicians with strong African rhythms can meet and share their music. Looking at the first eight artists to perform on two stages over three days at Cine Atlântico in the country's capital city, Luanda, it is clear that the organisers are sticking to their promise. 8 Jun 2010 Read more Bilal, one of the world's most well-respected and highly sought-after live acts performing exquisite, pitch-perfect, old-soul hip-hop tinged vocal gymnastics like no other, completes the line-up for the 11th Cape Town Jazz Festival. 24 Mar 2010 Read more Organisers of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival added three new bands to the line-up announced earlier on. The three are: US keyboardist Jeff Lorber; a Dutch hip-hop duo called La Melodia and Cape Town-based guitarist Allou April. This brings to 42, the groups that will perform at the festival that takes place on Saturday 04 and Sunday 05 April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). 8 Mar 2010 Read more Organisers of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival have staged another coup. For the festival's eleventh edition that takes place on Saturday 03 and Sunday 04 April, they have signed up two living music luminaries: the renowned guitarist/vocalist George Benson as well as United States (US) saxophonist Charles Lloyd. 11 Feb 2010 Read more Many in the African diaspora trace their rhythmic roots to Angola's drumming. On Friday 31 July to Sunday 02 August, this musical heritage returns to its source as musicians from Brazil, Mozambique, South Africa and the United States (US) descend on Cine Atlântico in Angola's capital city, Luanda. They will participate in the launch of the Luanda International Jazz Festival - an initiative of Ritek - a first in the diamond-rich and oil-endowed country. “Despite its rich musical history, Angola has never had an international jazz festival,” says company's CEO António Cristóvão. 6 Jul 2009 Read more Luanda International Jazz Festival is proud to announce that the venue of the inaugural event is the Cine Atlantico instead of the Convention Centre, which was initially earmarked, but is unavailable. The festival has spent the past two weeks redesigning the Cine Atlantico venue into a world-class entertainment facility. Attention has been given to structural and leisure detail. It's not only about the music but also about the whole Angolan experience of food and lifestyle. 29 Jun 2009 Read more Angolan multinational corporation Ritek has come in as a new gold sponsor of the prestigious Cape Town International Jazz Festival. 29 Apr 2009 Read more To complete this year's line-up, organisers of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival revealed that that Zaki Ibrahim will join the other thirty-nine bands that appear on 03-04 April at Africa's Grandest Gathering. 18 Mar 2009 Read more The 2009 Cape Town International Jazz Festival that takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on 03-04 April will be a “mother of all celebrations”. Not only is the festival to celebrate its tenth anniversary, organisers have lined up a programme in which different musicians will toast their achievements. 17 Mar 2009 Read more The Cape Town International Jazz Festival has proved many skeptics wrong. When the organisers launched the event in 2000, many felt that the description of the festival as Africa Grandest Gathering was a bit precocious. 15 Dec 2008 Read more