The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is certainly one of the highlights on the SA music calendar. The big event – now in its 13th year – will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on 30 and 31 March 2012. As always, you can look forward to a stellar line-up featuring local and international stars showcasing a variety of musical styles.

Dave Koz & Patti Austin

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is ranked 4th in the world by Melodytrip, placing it right up there with the biggest jazz festivals in the world such as Switzerland’s Montreaux Festival and Holland’s North Sea Jazz Festival. On average, the event attracts around 34,000 passionate jazz fans over the weekend.

Hugh Masekela

You’ll be pleased to hear that the line-up (subject to change) has been announced and it looks amazing. Just take a look at some of the big names below:


  • James Ingram (USA)
  • Marcus Miller (USA)
  • Jill Scott (USA)
  • Ms. Lauryn Hill (USA)
  • Steve Tyrell (USA)
  • Third World (Jamaica)
  • Kevin Mahogany (USA)
  • Alfredo Rodriguez (Cuba)
  • Dave Koz with special guest Patti Austin (USA)
  • Mike Stern with special guest Dave Weckl (USA)
  • Ron Carter, Donald Harrison and Lenny White (USA)
  • Atmosphere (USA)
  • Jean Grae (USA)
  • Allen Stone (USA)
  • Pharoahe Monch (USA)
  • Brubecks play Brubeck (USA/SA)
  • David Sanchez with special guest Lionel Loueke (Puerto Rico/Benin)
  • The Moreira Project (Mozambique)
  • Xia Jia (China)
  • Nouvelle Vague (France)
  • Gabriel Tchiema (Angola)

South Africa:

  • Hugh Masekela
  • Vusi Mahlasela
  • Virtual Jazz Reality
  • Unathi
  • HHP
  • Goodluck
  • Zamajobe
  • Zahara
  • Thandiswa Mazwai
  • Zolani Mahola
  • Steve Dyer
  • Lindiwe Suttle
  • Sophia Foster
  • Victor Kula
  • Herbie Tsoaeli
  • Adam Glasser
  • Rus Nerwich
  • Dorothy Masuka
  • Ill Skillz
  • Zakes Bantwini
  • The Jason Reolon Trio
  • Andre Petersen Quintet
  • Alexander Sinton High School Jazz Band

The jazz festival traditionally opens with a free community concert in Green Market Square. This year, the free concert will be happening on Wednesday 28 March 2012 and it’ll feature a preview of some of the artists performing at the festival.

Another big part of the festival is developing local talent and sharing knowledge and experience. To facilitate this, a series of workshops will run over eight days and will cover the creative and business aspects of music. The Duotone Photographic Exhibition will also be back, showcasing some of the best in jazz photography.

Tickets for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival are available from Computicket. Prices range from R400 for a single day pass to R550 for a weekend pass. For performances at the Rosies stage, there’ll be an additional fee of R30 per act.

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