Line-Up for Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2013

Buena Vista Social Club, Jill Scott and Brand New Heavies lead a star-studded line-up

Now in its 14th year, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival once more boasts a glittering bill of entertainment jam-packed with both local and international talent.

The grand gathering – it takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Friday, 5 and Saturday, 6 April 2013 – features over 40 musicians (from sultry vocalists to foot-tapping instrumentalists), five stages and headline acts that hail from as far afield as Cuba and the United Kingdom.

“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,” said Rashid Lombard, festival director and CEO of espAfrika, organisers of the event. has compiled a great overview of artists [with videos] of the 2013 Line-Up Cape Town Jazz Festival.

Line-up at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival


  • Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club feat. Omara Portuondo (Cuba)
  • Brand New Heavies (UK)
  • Zonke (South Africa)
  • Jill Scott (USA)
  • Thandiswa Mazwai (South Africa)
  • Jimmy Dludlu (South Africa)
  • Mafikizolo (South Africa)
  • Céu (Brazil)
  • Cheikh Lô (Senegal)
  • Errol Dyers presents The Cape Jazz Ensemble (South Africa)
  • Pu2ma (South Africa)
  • Claire Phillips (South Africa)
  • Dainius Pulauskas Group (LIT)
  • Jean Luc Ponty & his band (FRANCE)
  • BWB feat. Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum and Rick Braun (USA)
  • DJ - DJ Azuhl (SA)
  • DJ - Mr Mo (SA)
  • Mi Casa (South Africa)
  • Khuli Chana& AKA (South Africa)
  • Dubmarine (Australia)
  • Trenton and Free Radical (South Africa)
  • Brother Ali (USA)
  • Ben Sharpa and Pure Solid (South Africa)
  • Chef'Special (Netherlands)
  • P.H.Fat (SA)
  • DJ - Das Kapital (SA)
  • DJ - Raiko (SA)
  • Jack DeJohnette Trio ft.Joe Lovano and Matt Garrison (USA)
  • Sonti (South Africa)
  • Kirk Whalum; Romance Language feat. Kevin Whalum (USA)
  • Chano Dominguez “Flamenco Sketches” (Spain)
  • Louis Moholo presents 4 Blokes & 1 Doll (South Africa)
  • Ibrahim Khalil Shihab (South Africa)
  • Steve Turre Quintet (USA)
  • Victor Ntoni Tribute (South Africa)
  • Robert Glasper Experiment feat MF DOOM (USA)
  • Gregory Porter (USA)
  • Auriol Hays (South Africa)
  • Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin (Switzerland)
  • Jonathan Rubain and Don Veno – The Intimate Project (South Africa)
  • Afrika Mkhize (South Africa)
  • Portico Quartet (UK)
  • Reza Khota Quartet (South Africa)

EspAfrika's press release reveals the following  

For the first time ever at the CTIJF audiences will be able to experience the world-famous Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portuondo (Cuba). A celebration of traditional Cuban music popularized in the members club with the same name in Havana, Buena Vista Social Club became an international success thanks to a widely acclaimed studio album release in 1997 and an Academy Award nominated documentary which captured their two live performances released in 1999.

Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet and critically acclaimed actress Jill Scott (USA) joins the bill for this year’s annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) as one of the headline acts.

Renowned artists Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison will come together at the CTIJF as part of a groundbreaking Jack Dejohnette Trio (USA). Ravi, Jack and Matt (USA) is a reunion 20 years in the making and is a celebration of an original event at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. The trio celebrated the music of the great John Coltrane then and today their collaboration explores open improvisation as well as their own compositions.

Acid funk jazz group the Brand New Heavies (UK) will provide some nostalgia at the CTIJF with hits like Never Stop, Dream Come True and You are the Universe.

Jazz aficionados will also welcome the news that South African singer Jimmy Dludlu will be on the 2013 bill. Dludlu is a self-taught acclaimed guitarist, arranger, band leader and singer, known internationally for his original African jazz and fusion music.

Robert Glasper Experiment (USA) continues to make waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio (Chris Dave on drums and Vicente Archer on bass) and the Robert Glasper Experiment, in which he explores fusions of jazz and hip hop. The Experiment blends funky jazz with electric hip-hop beats, and is comprised of internationally acclaimed cross-genre masters - drummer Chris Dave, bassist Derrick Hodge and saxophonist/vocalist Casey Benjamin.

Errol Dyers (SA) will bring his unique cross between the traditional langarm and the Cape Town carnival sound to audience at the CTIJF. The Cape Town jazz guitarist is highly respected as a pioneer of what has today become known as Cape Jazz-Ghoema. His performance will present audiences with a journey through Cape music styles and heritage, using words and music ranging from Moppies, Liedjies, Goema, Mbaqanga and Cape Jazz. This 7-piece band, with a rhythm section and brass, will feature some of SA’s most established and up-and-coming youth.

The Reza Khota Quartet (SA) will return to the CTIJF in 2013. Led by vocalist and guitarist Reza the quartet also features Shane Cooper on bass, Buddy Wells on sax and Jonno Sweetman on drums.

Latin jazz pianist Chano Dominguez (Spain) will be another treat for serious jazz lovers. Dominguez makes post-bop, fusion, and flamenco influenced music that often references his Andalusian roots. His most recent album Flamenco Sketches was released by Blue Note Records in March 2012 and features his signature style re-interpretation of Miles Davis "Kind of Blue". The album earned him many accolades from the press with the New York Times calling the album “A cultural re-imagining of “Kind of Blue”, and Wall Street Journal stating “Chano Dominguez is playing these melodies with more beauty and imagination than virtually anyone since Miles Davis & Bill Evans”. Dominguez will be joined by Blas Cordoba on vocals and percussion, Ben Street on bass and Dafnis Prieto on drums.

Soul singer Zonke Dikana (SA) has established herself as a heavyweight on the music scene, easily capable of ascending local radio charts with both her songwriting and solo work.

Audiences interested in South Africa’s urban sound will be able to see soulful house three-piece Mi Casa as well as Hip-Hop duo Khuli Chana and AKA.

Mi Casa’s hits Heavenly Sent and These Streets off their self-titled album has enjoyed major airplay on South African radio.

Khuli Chana is practiced in vernacular rap, Motswako, and earned huge success in 2010 for his Tswak Sticke'm, while AKA, real name Kieran Forbes, made waves on the local scene for his hits Mistakes and Do It. Together, they are fast becoming known for a slick and distinctively South African urban sound.

Jazz vocalist, songwriter and actor Gregory Porter (USA) rounds off the initial list of artists that will form part of the 2013 CTIJF. Porter’s 2010 debut album Water was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.

“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,” says Rashid Lombard, festival director and CEO of espAfrika.

Lombard says organisers are delighted with the continued support the festival receives. “Every year we are delighted by the turnout in terms of the number of festival goers who attend the event. We are seeing more and more international visitors and members of the media coming to Cape Town – further indication that the festival now enjoys a global profile,” says Lombard.

To get all the details, to get in the mood, get to see, and get to know the artists performing at the 2013 Jazz Fest, have a look at a great overview of artists [with videos] of the 2013 Line-Up Cape Town Jazz Festival.

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