Seventy-five percent of the tickets for the 2019 Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) have already been sold, and its stellar local lineup has also been announced. The string of proudly South African performers is a part of the festival’s celebration of Heritage Month.

Festival Direct, Billy Domingo, said that it strives to curate a lineup of South African, African and international musicians. “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,” he said. “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.”

The South African artists who will be performing at the 2019 CTIJF are: 

– Jazz legend Don Laka, who has performed with other notable South African acts such Brenda Fassie and Sipho Mabuse. His production of singer Hugh Masekela’s album, Jabulani, earned the duo a Grammy nomination in 2013 for the best world music album.
– Chart-topping vocalist Craig Lucas, who was the winner of The Voice SA in 2017. His debut single, I Said This achieved number 1 on iTunes within a matter of days after its release. He is also signed to the international music label, Universal Music.
– Seven-piece indigenous band BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness)  is a music-performing band from Soweto who draws on inspiration from indigenous music. Their music has been described as “South African afro-psychedelic future pop”.
– Jazz master and saxophonist Don Vino started his musical journey when he was just 15 years old. He has performed with a range of artists, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tevin Campbell, Cece Peniston, Sybil, and Percy Sledge.
– Sho Madjozi calls herself a rapper and she can often be found flexing her rhymes to catchy Gqom beats.  Sho has played some of the biggest shows in the country including Fill Up FNB, Afropunk and Castle Lite Unlocks.
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
– Local sensation, singer/ songwriter Shekhinah (SA).
Loyal festival-goers are in for a treat, as a limited number of Early Bird Weekend Pass tickets are available at R 999.
For those who miss out, CTIJF 2019 Weekend Passes will remain the same price as last year. A regular weekend pass will cost R1 290 and a day pass is R850.
Grab your tickets before they sell out, the CTIJF will take place on 29 and 30 March 2019.
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