Cape Town International Jazz Festival

BREAKING: First Artist Release For Cape Town Jazz Festival

Celebrating 21 years of Africa's
grandest gathering: 27–28 March 2020
+27 (0)21 671 0506
CTICC | 1 Lower Long Street Cape Town
Cape Town International Jazz Festival

BREAKING: First Artist Release For Cape Town Jazz Festival

A sneak peek of the star-studded line-up. Plus 5 videos to get in the mood

Jazz legends Abdullah Ibrahim and Jonathan Butler, The Ndlovu Youth Choir, Lady Zamar, Lira and Femi Koya are among the names on the star-studded lineup of local and international artists performing at The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) on Friday 27 March and Saturday 28 March 2020.

Now running for 21 years, CTIJF is Africa’s grandest gathering of local and international musical luminaries and the most-talked-about musicians and artists, like Mandisi Dyantyis, who is also on the bill this year. 

In celebration of its birthday years, CTIJF is reducing ticket prices. Festival-goers will save R291 on a two-day weekend pass in comparison to 2019 prices, and R201 on a one-day pass.



  • MF Robots (UK)
  • Gabi Motuba (RSA)
  • Aus Tebza (RSA)
  • Ndlovu Youth Choir (RSA)
  • Lady Zamar (RSA)
  • Femi Koya (Nigeria)
  • Lira (RSA)
  • Mandisi Dyantyis (RSA)
  • Kwetu Trio featuring Aaron Rimbui, Herbie Tsoaeli and Ayanda Sikade (Kenya and RSA)
  • BirdSong Ensemble (RSA / Switzerland / Germany / Swaziland)
  • Reising, Ntuli, Cooper; Baumann (RSA / Switzerland)
  • Elemental (India / RSA)
  • Seba Kaapstad (RSA / Germany)
  • Nduduzo Makhathini (RSA)
  • Samthing Soweto (RSA)
  • Abdullah Ibrahim (RSA)
  • Jonathan Butler with special guest Candy Dulfer (RSA / Netherlands)
  • PJ Morton (USA)
  • Jacob Collier (UK)

Femi Koya's blend of sultry jazz and contemporary grooves presents jazz, gospel, blues, and Afro beats with a Sophiatown flavour.

The Ndlovu Youth Choir are loved for their infectious energy and toe-tapping musical performances and choreography ever since the Limpopo choir performed at America’s Got Talent. 

The Brand New Heavies founder Jan Kincaid teamed up with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dawn Joseph to create MF Robots (Music For Robots). 

South African jazz legend, Jonathan Butler, will be joined on stage by Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer. 

Port Elizabeth trumpeter and vocalist Mandisi Dyantyis blends new-age Afro-pop with traditional gospel.

A day pass costs R649 and a full weekend pass costs R999 and can be booked online. (Last year, tickets cost R850–R1290.) For more information, contact the organisers directly on ​+27(0)21 671 0506, +27(0)21 671 8716,, or visit the site for Cape Town International Jazz Festival



In need of a soulful music fix? Check our overview of jazz venues in Cape Town.

From intimate venues to concert stages, Cape Town is full of live music and entertainment venues and live music.

Festival lovers, check out our list of annual music festivals, top party places, and things to do at night in Cape Town

At Greenmarket Square, check out the free jazz Concert.


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