Giving back to host city Cape Town with the annual Free Community Concert is essential to organisers of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF). This unique open-air event is one-of-its-kind in the city, with international and local performers from around the globe entertaining crowds of locals and visitors on Greenmarket Square. This year the free concert takes place on Wednesday 27 March from 4PM.
Festival Director Billy Domingo says they want to ensure people who cannot afford to purchase a festival ticket can now also enjoy access to some of the best artistic talent that the CTIJF has to offer.
“This concert is to say thank you to Cape Town for allowing us to host our annual festival in your city. Cape Town is known as the ‘home for all’ and this is the concert for all! The people of Cape Town love music and we want to celebrate our 20th anniversary with them. This concert was intended to bring international and local artists to the people of Cape Town, and I hope it has become a calendar event for one and all, as it truly is an important part of our festival programme. Anybody is welcome to join us for a line up of excellent talent at this year’s free concert, where all walks of life come together to celebrate.” says Domingo.
The line up comprises of pop/ R&B vocalist Shekhinah from Durban; Cape Town jazz saxophonist Don Vino; UK singer Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot who is the lead singer of Curiosity Killed The Cat; from Angola musician Ndaka Yo Wiñi; The Voice SA winner and Cape Town’s own musical idol Craig Lucas; this year’s recently crowned espYoungLegends 2019 winner Edgar Muzah & Friends; the CTIJF All Star Band, formed out of the CTIJF’s Training & Development programme; and SACTWU’s Got Talent winner Juicy.
This line up promises to offer a night of celebration under the stars as the annual concert is an open-air affair.
Award-winning artist Shekhinah will certainly attract a younger audience, which is important to the CTIJF organisers, as investing in the youth remains vital. Shekhinah has already won three South African Music Awards for her debut album Rosegold. She also won the MTV Africa Music Award and has been nominated for a Metro Music Award.
Craig Lucas is another young artist making waves in the music industry. After winning the national talent contest The Voice SA, his career has been on a steady upward trajectory. The economics and politics graduate from Elsies River, Cape Town, has a lucrative record deal with Universal Music. His debut single, I Said This achieved number 1 on iTunes within a matter of days of its release. Craig’s debut album Restless is available in store and online.
And then there’s espYoungLegends 2019 winner Edgar Muzah & Friends, led by its namesake who is originally from Zimbabwe. Muzah has already gained international experience, performing in various
countries as a session musician for other artists. He has also worked with a number of artists as a producer and composer. One of the recent albums he worked on was with Zimbabwean world music artist, Willis Wataffi. This effort received three Zimbabwe Music Awards in March 2016.
Cape Town saxophonist Don Vino started his musical journey when he was 15, performing with local jazz and gospel bands. He has performed with a range of local and international artists, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tevin Campbell, Cece Peniston, Sybil and Percy Sledge.
Singer Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot is the frontman for UK band Curiosity Killed The Cat, which had a number of Top 40 singles together with a No. 1 album, Keep Your Distance. The band plays soulful, jazzy and funky pop music.
Angolan musician Ndaka Yo Wiñi is a musician, composer and cultural researcher, born in Lobito. His performance resembles something that approaches a magical ritual act - linked to his local cultural heritage.
The CTIJF All Star Band, SACTWU’s Got Talent winner Juicy and DJ Eazy – all from Cape Town – round up the talent list.
The Free Community Concert is scheduled for Wednesday 27 March 2019 and runs from 4pm until late.
The Cape Town International Jazz Festival celebrates 20 years of local and international jazz on 29 & 30 March 2019 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Tickets available now at Computicket. Ticket prices as follows:
- Weekend Pass: R 1290
- Day Pass: R 850
Visit the website for more information: www.capetownjazzfest.com
Official sponsors of the Free Community Concert are the Department of Arts and Culture, Independent Media, AYO Technology Solutions, and Host City, the City of Cape Town. Other sponsors include National Lotteries Commission, Engen, Coca Cola, Johnnie Walker, 1Magic, KFM, and Wesgro.
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