CT Jazz Fest delivers, Hill does not

2012-04-02 10:53
Siyavuya Madikane
Cape Town - The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which took place on Friday and Saturday at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, attracted over 35 000 people each day, delivering quality performances except for star attraction, Lauryn Hill.

On Saturday the crowds showed up early at the convention centre in anticipation of Grammy award winner Lauryn Hill's performance.

Before she could go onto the Kippies stage, Hugh Masekela paid tribute to Mariam Makeba in an exhilarating performance that left the crowd begging, in unison, for some more. Masekela had the likes of Thandiswa Mazwai, Vusi Mahlasela and Freshly Ground's Zolani Mahola accompanying him on stage.

After waiting for more than 30 minutes Lauryn Hill took to the stage. The Killing me softly singer, who was a last minute replacement for Jill Scott, delivered a below par performance that left a lot to be desired.

Event organiser espAfrika blamed the musician for using her own sound technicians when they had their own. "We have competent sound technicians and we know this venue well. But typically some people just want to take over. It's unfortunate, but what can you do?" CEO Rashid Lombard told Timeslive.

After staging a mini-walkout on her performance many fans took to Twitter to complain.

"Was at jazz festival last nyt , a kak perfomance by lauryn Hill ,I want my money back! " Tweeted Kgabo Semono.

"Boy we are disappointed by lauryn hill s perfomance, I think she's high on life," added Sthembiso Khumalo.

World-Class perfomances

On Friday the Kippies main stage played host to Dave Koz, Zamajobe and American musician James Ingram. The Basil Coetzee stage had local song bird Unathi on stage as well as Allen Stone from the US.

All the acts delivered world-class performances that left the crowd screaming for more. Local song-bird Unathi's performance attracted a lot of reactions on Twitter.

"Absolutely loved your performance at #CTIF 2012. Keep it up sisi" Tweeted Vivienne Mashilo.

Unathi replied on Twitter and thanked her fans for the love.

"Thank you for all the LOVE you are giving me for last night’s performance! CTIJF was..... *smiles and shakes head* in disbelief! CAMAGU!"


  • bashin.monyela - 2012-04-02 11:28

    And i would've sold weed to be there mxm, smh.

  • Michael - 2012-04-02 11:53

    I've seen Ms Hill twice now - in Joburg in 2006 and on Saturday night at the Jazz Fest. Both times were similar: the first half among the worst I've ever seen, the second half among the best I've ever seen. The audiences who walked out (both in Joburg in 06 and in Cape Town in 2012) missed out on the electric, awe-inspiring second half. She deserves blame for torturing her audience for the first half of her shows, but WOW, this lady's talent (as evidenced in the second half) is still off the charts!

      ramona.fredericks - 2012-04-02 15:09

      then one would think she would learn by her mistakes i tried staying but it was torture just to much after she already kept us waiting

      Matimba Mathonsi - 2012-04-04 01:32

      Sorry but you have no idea what you are talking about, specific to the Cape Town gig. Ms Lauryn Hill could not hit and nail a single high note, if fact it looked like she kept on pushing the drummer to up his beats/volume every time in order to disguise her has been voice. She is no different to a cheat. She should no accept gigs knowing she no longer has the capacity to deliver.

  • Shaun - 2012-04-02 19:47

    now that's "killing them softly"!

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