Cape Town International Jazz Festival has added eight more world-class acts to an already sensational 2018 line-up.

Incognito, the UK’s funky, acid jazz band led by frontman Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick will bring their winning material and unforgettable live shows to Cape Town. “Expect a slick set chock-a-bloc with party spinners and smooth fusion,” organisers said.

South Africa’s own Simphiwe Dana will also bring her “profound amalgam of jazz Afro-soul with traditional music”.

This year’s line-up includes musicians in a variety of genres from swing-bop to neo-soul, hip-hop, Afro-soul and Zulu blues. The CTIJF is acclaimed as one of the top jazz festivals in the world.

Also on the bill is Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, who bridges orchestral textures with elements of soul, jazz, hip-hop and improv.

CTIJF Festival Director Billy Domingo is enthusiastic about the upcoming programme, saying: “Great thought has been given to the nuances of the greater jazz form in this year’s line-up. This is reflected in the variety of the acts that will entertain this year’s festinos. I am delighted that our steadfast festival goers, as well as those attending for the first time, have such a wealth of talent from which to create their personal musical experiences and we look forward to sharing these moments with our audience.”

Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane will explore the repertoires of Bheki Mseleku, Andile Yenana and Moses Molelekwa along with his Zulu-styled blues and neo-soul, swing-bop and hip-hop inflections.

There’s more to look forward to come 23 and 24 March, like Manny Walters (SA), The Surge (SA/Russia/Slovakia/Morocco/USA/ Kyrgyzstan), N8N (Belgium), The Liberation Project (SA) includes Sipho Hotstix Mabuse (vox, sax, piano, flute), Tony Cedras (accordion, trumpet), Neill Solomon (vox, piano, acoustic guitar), Dan Chiorboli (perc), Tebogo Sedumedi (vox, bass), DRC kwassa kwassa star Bienvenue N’Seka (vox, guitar), Keeran Eshwarlall (Sufi vox, harmonium, santoor, harmonica) with special guest Roger Lucey on vox and acoustic guitar.

The 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival will take place 23 and 24 March 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Day passes are still available at at R750 per person per day.

Corporate hospitality packages are available for the upcoming festival. To book your package or for more information, contact Samantha on 021 6710506 or email [email protected]

Rosies tickets will go on sale on Monday 12 February 2018 from Computicket. Please note, tickets for Rosies cost an additional R30 per performance. For the Rosies performance schedule, please go to or keep an eye on our social media for more details.


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Nidha Narrandes

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