Cape Town International Jazz Festival shows commitment to South African artists, honouring the nation’s rich musical heritage

September 25, 2018


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.


Over the next few months, espAfrika will announce various artists set to perform at the upcoming 20th celebration of Africa’s Grandest Gathering held annually in Cape Town. The festival will take place on 29 & 30 March 2019 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.


Heritage Month is about acknowledging South Africa’s diversity and espAfrika is marking the moment with its second artist reveal, featuring seven of the country’s highly-celebrated artists.   


CTIJF 2019 Second Artist Announcement


South African jazz legend Don Laka (SA); chart-topping vocalist Craig Lucas (SA); seven-piece indigenous band known for their outstanding live performances BCUC (SA); local jazz master and saxophonist Don Vino (SA); rapper Sho Madjozi (SA) who infuses her rhymes with Gqom beats; creative phenomenon and vocalist Ntsika (SA); and two-time Grammy award winners Soweto Gospel Choir (SA).


In August, for its first festival artist reveal, several female-led singers were named in honour of Women’s Month.


Previously announced artists include ten-time Grammy Award winner, Queen of Funk Chaka Khan (USA); 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).


Festival Director Billy Domingo says the festival continuously strives for a line-up balancing South African, African and international artists.


“International guests come to South Africa to see artists they are not able to see back at home. We have created a legacy of supporting South African artists by providing the international platform they deserve,” says Domingo.


“South African artists add to the rich musical heritage and then combined with the international acts, it provides the unique programming that is synonymous with Africa’s Grandest Gathering.”



Ticket sales for CTIJF 2019 are now open at Computicket. Loyal festival goers are in for a treat, as a limited amount of Early Bird Weekend Pass tickets are available at R 999. Although these Early Bird tickets are already 75% sold out, festinos who act fast can still take advantage of this 20th Celebration special. Thereafter, CTIJF 2019 Weekend Passes will remain the same price as last year:


-                Weekend Pass: R 1290

-                Day Pass: R 850


Official sponsors of the 20th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival are the Department of Arts and Culture, Independent Media, AYO Technology Solutions and host city the City of Cape Town.


CTIJF 2019 Premier Hospitality packages are on sale now


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


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


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