The organisers say they have put together “an eclectic mix of jazz greats, emerging stars and social commentators with an exceptional experience that leaves a lasting impression (for all the right reasons), against the breathtaking backdrop of one of the world’s most visited cities”.
Among the artists are Jazz Funk Soul, funk divas En Vogue, VuDu, Rudresh Mahanthappa Bird Calls and Gretchen Parlato, the Skyjack quintet, Tune Recreation Committee and Jonas Gwangwa and Friends. There’s also Taylor McFerrin with Marcus Gilmore, local rap and hip hop artist Dope Saint Jude, Judith Sephuma, the Rudimentals and the Sekunjalo Edujazz Band.
International guests include Laura Mvula, Manu Dibango from Cameroon, Moreira Chonguica, Deepak Pandit and Ranjit Barot, and Escalandrum from Argentina. The Soweto String Quartet will also perform.
Festival director Billy Domingo says the event is undergoing a “musical renaissance, where different musical genres and performers are collaborating to create new sounds for new audiences who may come from different walks of life, but who all appreciate what music has to offer”.
Ticket sales are already open for the festival, which will be held at various venues from 30 March to 1 April 2017.
Jazz enthusiasts are advised to get them early from Computicket.