Africa’s grandest gathering returns
Cape Town International Jazz Festival just said goodbye to international artists, here is what you missed this year. Africa’s grandest gathering brings together jazz artists and fans from all over the world to celebrate music for two days a year in Cape Town. Now in its third year, the festival is a tourist magnet for the South African government. When the 2016 guest list was announced, it met excitement. It featured artists international and local artists, most from the United States and South Africa but with some like Laëtitia Dana from France.
More popular names that appeared at the festival this year were Amadou & Mariam, Angie Stone, Lizz Wright, Mafikizolo, Meshell Ndegeocello, SWV to name a few. Not limited to music, the Cape Town Jazz festival this year also included a photographic exhibition, a gala dinner, and a workshops including one on music business and photojournalism.
With all the talented names that performed this year, one of the most anticipated acts was Muzart with Khuli Chana. Muzart are Tshegofatso “Tazzy” Lehutso, Victory “Vic” Chauke and actress, singer, Rorisang “Rori” Thandekiso, a celebrated group that has released chart topping music. On the other hand, Khuli Chana (Kholane Morule) is a rapper and humanitarian who has won awards both locally and internationally. The combination is a fusion that combines jazz, hip-hop, gospel, pop, house, and soul genres not to mention Motswako a blending of musical elements and South African languages. This eclectic mix results in a unique sound and we would like more from Muzart and Khuli Chana.
Even as Nathi Mthethwa, South African Arts and Culture Minister, was booed off stage while trying to make a speech, the festival was as usual an outstanding event. If you missed it this year, there is always next year.
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