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Jill Scott to headline CT Jazz Festival

2013-01-30 10:22
 
Jill Scott
Cape Town – Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and actress Jill Scott is set to perform at this year's Cape Town International Jazz Festival as one of the headline acts, organisers espAfrika announced on Tuesday.

Scott, who had to withdraw from last year's festival due to filming commitments, will be performing on the Kippies Main Stage. The programme is yet to be announced.

The event will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on 4 and 5 April. It will be the 14th annual instalment of what has become a major beacon on the international music festival calendar.

Almost 40 acts from 12 different countries, ranging from jazz aficionadas such as guitarist Norman Brown and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty to hip hop legend Brother Ali, have been confirmed for the 2013 Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

Grammy award-winning jazz guitarist Norman Brown, jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum and renowned jazz trumpeter Rick Braun, all from the US, will be performing together as BWB, an act that has been described as astounding. Whalum has performed with stars such as Barbara Streisand, Quincy Jones and he also plays the sax on Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You.

Other international acts to look out for include US hip hop artist Brother Ali and Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portuondo from Cuba. Brother Ali's 2007 release, The Undisputed Truth, was a springboard for his headlining tours in the US, Canada and Australia.

Previously announced in December 2012, international artists that will take to the stage at the 2013 jazz festival include Brand New Heavies (UK), Chano Domínguez (Spain), Gregory Porter (USA), the Jack DeJohnette Trio featuring Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison (USA) and the Robert Glasper Experiment (USA). 

SA artists

Five South African women – Sonti, Thandiswa Mazwai, Auriol Hays, Claire Phillips and Pu2ma - have all been confirmed for this year's festival.

Sonti has worked with Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba as well as international stars such as Peter Gabriel, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Ritchie, Elton John, Sade, Paul Simon and Donna Summer.

Auriol Hays' debut album Behind Closed Doors earned her a 2009 SAMA nomination and was selected by the Sunday Times as one of the Top 20 albums.

This year's line-up also includes a much-anticipated performance by the recently re-grouped Mafikizolo, featuring male-female duo Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza, two of the original members.

Other South African jazz greats taking centre stage at the festival include jazz drummer Louis Moholo who presents 4 Blokes and 1 Girl; pianist and singer Ibrahim Khalil Shihab; last year's Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Afrika Mkhize; Robbie Jansen and David Kramer's bassist of choice Jonathan Rubain and saxophonist Don Vino; hip-hop artist Ben Sharpa and Cape Town-based audio-visual electro dub duo Pure Solid.

Tickets are available from Computicket outlets, Shoprite Checkers outlets and via the Computicket website.

The ticket prices are as follows: day passes cost R440 and weekend passes are R645. There are a limited number of weekend passes. Rosies Stage tickets are R30 per performance and can only be purchased together with a day or weekend pass.

For more information visit the Cape Town International Jazz festival's website.

- Channel24

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