Cape Town International Jazz Festival reveal females first for 20th year celebration

Cape Town, 28 August 2018 – In celebration of South African Women’s Month, espAfrika, organiser of the award-winning Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), reveal five female-led acts to perform at the upcoming 20th celebration of Africa’s Grandest Gathering.

CTIJF 2019 First Artist Announcement

Ten-time Grammy Award winner, Queen of Funk Chaka Khan (USA); multiple award-winning jazz pianist Eliane Elias (Brazil); multi-instrumentalist, neo-soul group Moonchild (USA); South Africa’s first all-female big band, The Lady Day Big Band (SA); and local sensation, singer/ songwriter Shekhinah (SA).

CTIJF 2019 will celebrate the last 20 years of international and local jazz, set to take place on 29 & 30 March 2019 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. CTIJF plans to reveal international and local artists for the festival online throughout the year, instead of its traditional format of press conferences. These multiple line-up announcements will keep the conversation going with new artists to be revealed regularly.

Festival Director Billy Domingo looks forward to honouring the past and establishing the future at CTIJF 2019, saying “The legacy continues as we look forward to the next 20 years of the CTIJF. Now that we’ve laid a solid foundation, we strive to maintain the excellent standard of Africa’s Grandest Gathering and further establish this festival as one of the best in the world,”

“As you’ll see with the first artist announcement, we continue to pay homage to women of song while challenging the global gender bias. As in recent years, we will always celebrate our legends with the CTIJF legacy programme playing an important role in the festival line-up.”, says Domingo.

Ticket sales for CTIJF 2019 are now open on Computicket. Loyal festival goers are in for a treat, as a limited amount of Weekend Pass tickets are available at R 999. Thereafter, CTIJF 2019 Weekend Passes will remain the same price as last year:

- Weekend Pass: R 1290

- Day Pass: R 850

CTIJF 2019 Premier Hospitality packages are now on sale

Celebrate 20 years of jazz, with new features and exciting early bird specials, experience the very best that Africa’s Grandest Gathering has to offer in 2019!

Contact Samantha on 021 671 05 06 or email for more information.

The CTIJF 2018 Aftermovie:

Visit the website for more information:

Official sponsors of the 20th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival are the Department of Arts and Culture and the City of Cape Town.

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