Here’s what happened at Cape Town Jazz Fest 2017

2017-04-03 12:20
Laura Mvula
Laura Mvula (Photo: Screengrab, YouTube)

Cape Town - The Juice attended the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and enjoyed incredible performances and got down to the eclectic grooves.

The festival - which ran over two days at the Mother City's CTICC - was completely sold out.

We'll tell you what our favourite performances were from each night respectively and the special celebrity we spotted in the crowd. 

Friday night highlights:

We saw Kamasi Washington's performance on the Kippies stage. The international saxophonist was full of energy and kept the crowd enthralled with his explosive set. 

We were also lucky enough to see Mango Groove on the Basil "Manenberg" Coetzee stage. The local band played all of their hits including Special Star and Dance Some More, the veteran group kept the audience on their feet and begging for more.

Our favourite part of the night came in the early hours of Saturday morning when American band En Vogue hit the stage after Mango Groove. The ladies hit all the high notes with ease and did not disappoint the packed and very cold crowd.

Watch a part of their performance here:

Saturday night highlights: 

The last night of the festival was by far the most attended. 

American indie group The Internet was our first performance of the night. Syd and the rest of the band were very laid-back and got the crowd swaying to their mellow beats. 

See a moment of their chilled performance here:

Dope St. Jude was our second performance of the night and the local rapper was on point with her set. She gave a shout-out to her father - who was in the crowd and invited three incredible dancers on stage with her. 

See a moment in the rapper's set here:

We managed to catch a part of Judith Sephuma's set, which was packed to the rafters and as usual the South African legend brought the heat. 

Our favourite performance of the entire festival was English singer, Laura Mvula's. She connected with the audience, was nearly faultless in terms of singing and opened up about her past relationships as well as why Cape Town is so special to her. 

See Laura Mvula at the Jazz Fest here:

Celebrity spotting in the crowd - 

How To Get Away With Murder's Alfred Enoch:

A special thank you to De Beers for their outstanding hospitality at the event. 

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