With less than three weeks to go until the 20th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), festival organisers espAfrika have announced the final additions to the 2019 line up, with Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes as well as Tonino Baliardo (France) and Jonathan Butler – Homecoming (SA), there is also the announcement of a tribute to the late Zimbabwean guitarist Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, who died suddenly earlier this year.
The festival, taking place on 29 & 30 March 2019 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, with celebrate 20 years of successful local and international jazz, with over 40 performers annually from around the globe entertaining the masses over the two-day annual event.
CTIJF Festival Director Billy Domingo said “After twenty years of Africa’s Grandest Gathering, I’m happy to conclude this year’s line up with two of South Africa’s all-time beloved favourites.
We will also pay tribute to the late, great Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi by celebrating his life through music as we say goodbye to an artist who can only be remembered as a true African legend” said Domingo.
It was high time Gipsy Kings visited the Mother City. It has been almost three decades since the Grammy Award winning, Gipsy Kings first burst onto the world music stage with their self-titled album and since then the band has toured the world, selling more than 20 million albums. Their most recent album, Savor Flamenco, wholly produced by the band, who wrote all the original material, won a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.
Soulful homecoming crooner, Jonathan Butler, has remained current by constantly exploring new genres. No stranger to the urban contemporary or gospel scene, Butler is just as comfortable singing an R&B song as he is showing off his jazz skills on stage. In concert the Grammy-nominated Butler draws on a vast repertoire which went down well the last time he played at the CTIJF in 2009.
While the Limited Early Bird Weekend Passes are sold out, festinos can still buy CTIJF 2019 Weekend Passes or Day Passes through Computicket. Tickets for the Rosies Stage must be bought separately and are also now available at Computicket. Ticket prices as follows:
- Weekend Pass: R 1290
- Day Pass: R 850
- Rosies Stage tickets: R 20 per performance
Visit the website for more information: www.capetownjazzfest.com