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Get all that jazz and lots more in Cape Town, SA

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Capetown Jazz Festival
Capetown Jazz Festival

Africa’s grandest gathering of jazz lovers turned ‘Sweet Sixteen’ this year. The Cape Town International Jazz Festival has grown into a hugely successful international event since its inception in the year 2000. Attendance figures have increased from the initial 14,000 to over 38,000 in the last 16 years.

Melodytrip ranked this proudly South African event as No.4 in the world, outshining events such as Switzerland’s Montreaux Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland. The festival’s winning formula of bringing more than 40 international and local artists to perform over two days on five stages has earned it the status of being the most prestigious event on the African continent.

This year’s line-up included: Amel Larrieux (USA); Basia (POLAND/UK); Beatenberg (SA); Bänz Oester and The Rainmakers (SWISS/SA); Claude Cozens Trio (SA); Carlo Mombelli and The Storytellers (SWISS/SA); Courtney Pine presents House Of Legends (UK); Delft Big Band (SA); Dirty Loops (SWEDEN); Gerald Clayton Trio (USA); Melanie Scholtz Presents ‘Our Time’ Ft. Jitsvinger (SA); Madala Kunene (SA); Mahotella Queens 50th Anniversary Celebration With Special Guests (SA); Naima Kay (SA); Sons Of Kemet (UK); Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse (SA); The Brother Moves On (SA); Purbayan Chatterjee & Talvin Singh (INDIA/UK); Wallace Roney Quintet ft. Lenny White & Buster Williams (USA); Zoe Modiga (SA).

Between South African Tourism and South African Airways, a number of Nigerian journalists are sponsored to enjoy the sights and hospitality of South Africa as well as cover grand events such as these to further promote Nigerian tourist visits to the country.

The 16th edition which took place 27 and 28 March 2015 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre hosted more than 38 thousand Festinos. Already, as it is customary the organisers espAfrika, a subsidiary of Sekunjalo Investments, have planned well ahead of the 17th edition which will hold on 1st and 2nd April, 2016 at the same venue. Tickets will start selling on October 13.

Tickets prices are: R860 for a weekend pass and R530 for a day pass and are on sale immediately from Limited Early Bird weekend passes are available. Rosies stage tickets cost R30 per performance and will be available from mid-Feb 2015. Visit for updates.

Enjoy the sights of ‘Sweet Sixteen’ jazz and perhaps plan for the 17th. I have been to four of South Africa’s nine provinces, slept in about 15 of its top hotels and trust me, there is so much more for you too.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]


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