Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter-poet Jill Scott has been confirmed to perform at this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival, reports Lisa van Wyk.
Organisers of the jazz festival announced the full line-up on Tuesday afternoon.
Ben Sharpa and Senegalese artist Cheikh Lô will also be among the performers making appearances at this year’s event. They will be joining the other thirteen performers announced late last year. The event takes place at a number of venues in Cape Town on April 5 and 6.
The annual event is the highlight of South Africa’s jazz calendar, featuring both local and international jazz legends, as well as being a prestigious training ground for young jazz talent.
The line-up will also include festival regular Jimmy Dludlu, the UK’s acid jazz act the Brand New Heavies, US jazz artists Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison (who will collaborate as the Jack DeJohnette Trio), and Robert Glasper.
Festival director Rashid Lombard emphasised that the diverse line-up will appeal to a broad audience.
“We are delighted with this line-up. Once again we have been able to secure world-class international acts as well as the cream of our local talent. There is something for everyone from lovers of traditional jazz to younger audiences looking to hear more mainstream, popular music. Festival goers will not be disappointed”.