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Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Also known as Africa’s Grandest Gathering the annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival is the culmination of world-renowned musicians providing a cohesive star-studded line-up. 2007 was the eighth year running for the festival and the fourth consecutive time that it will be hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival was formerly known as the North Sea Jazz Festival, which was created by Dutch Jazz promoter Paul Acket.

He started what would become known as the most prestigious Jazz festival in the world. In eight years time the festival has grown into a hugely successful international event. The number of visitors increased from 14000 during the first edition in 2000, to 30000 in 2004. Now the festival has grown into an international spectacle, with 16 stages presenting 220 acts over a period of three days and over 70000 people in attendance.

The North Sea Jazz Festival-Den Haag is regarded as one of the most prestigious Jazz festivals in the world. The Cape Town International Jazz Festival however has a 50/50 talent split between Africa and the rest of the world, allowing for local musicians to take their rightful place alongside International musicians, to the benefit of a very dynamic art form. This festival is certainly the most prestigious on the continent!

Some of the best and most famous jazz and jazz fusion artists have performed at the festival including Herbie Hancock, Youssou N’dour, India Arie, Randy Crawford, Hugh Masekela, George Duke, Al Di Meola, Archie Shepp, Erykah Badu, Miriam Makeba, Andreas Vollenweider and Angie Stone.

The organisers of this years event announced a further 12 African and overseas artists that will perform at this year’s festival. Those 12 names join the initial line-up of 22 groups already announced in January.

Select bands will also perform the Free Community Concert to be held at Cape Town’s Greenmarket Square on Thursday 29 March. The pre-festival concert has become a permanent feature of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and it the organisers’ commitment to community members who cannot make it to the paid sessions of the event.

This year the festival will feature local and international Jazz performers, including: Leela James, Goni Vannello, Average White Band, Themba Mkhize, Darius Brubeck & the SAPO/UKZN Rolling Reunion Band, Ernest Mothle Quartet, Saskia Laroo, Hip Hop Pantsula, The Stoner, Closet Snare, Yehya Khalil & the Egyptian Jazz Fusion, Bheki Khoza and many more. Headlining will be stars Randy Crawford, Joe Sample and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Ticket prices for the 2007 Festival have increased for the second time since the Festival began.

Single day passes will be R290 and full weekend passes will be R430.

As in previous years, there will be an extra fee of R25 for patrons wishing to attend concerts on the Rosies stage.

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