2019 FINAL ARTISTS ANNOUNCED
IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
GIPSY KINGS featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo (FRANCE)
Gipsy Kings is the French-Spanish group responsible for introducing progressive pop-oriented flamenco to a worldwide audience. Since they burst onto the world music stage with their self-titled album almost three decades ago, they have toured the world, selling more than 20 million albums. Over the years they have incorporated diverse influences into the sound - such as Latin and Cuban styles, Arabic music, reggae and jazz guitar - but what makes them a cohesive unit is how they are held together by the melding of frontmen Tonino Baliardo’s fluid guitar work and Nicolas Reyes’ powerful vocals.
JONATHAN BUTLER HOME COMING (SA)
South African-born singer-songwriter Jonathan Butler is a guitarist who spans the genres of R&B, jazz fusion, adult contemporary and worship music. His genre-busting material has earned him awards and airplay on multiple radio formats. Butler moved to the UK in the 1980s and has also lived for years in the US, maintaining a loyal fanbase in Europe, North America and South Africa.
In concert the Grammy-nominated artist draws on a vast repertoire which went down well the last time he played the CTIJF in 2009.
TUKU MUSIC - A Celebration of Oliver Mtukudzi’s life through his music (ZIM/SA)
This tribute show will commemorate the life of Oliver Mtukudzi who was originally scheduled to perform at this year’s CTIJF with Vusi Mahlasela.
Mahlasela will be joined on stage by Berita, Maduvha and Mbeu. The Sotho singer-songwriter is often called “The Voice” of South Africa and his music is generally referred to as African folk.
Zimbabwean-born, South African-based Gugulethu Khumalo is an award winning singer-songwriger who uses the stage name Berita. The Afro-soul singer shared the stage with Mtukudzi on occasion and collaborated with him and Hugh Masekela on the single Mwana Wa Mai. Born Ashton Nyahora, the Afro-fusion artist known as Mbeu was a product of Tuku’s Pakare Arts Centre in Chivero in Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe and often collaborated with Mtukudzi. They recorded the single My Better Half together. Maduvha Madima, generally better known as Queen Vele from Muvhango, is a SAMA nominated vocalist in her own right, who collaborated with Mtukudzi on the track Ndimecha on his album Eheka! Nhai Yahwe.