Annual Cape Town Jazz festival kicks off tonight

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Thousands of music lovers are expected to gather in the Cape Town CBD Friday night for the 20th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

The event, taking place on Friday and Saturday, will feature performances from more than 40 artists.

Friday night’s performances feature the likes of the Soweto Gospel Choir, American musician Chaka Khan and local legend Steve Kekana on the Kippies Stage.

Others include popular SA musician Shekhinah on the Bassline Stage.

On Saturday night, the likes of Dona laka, Jpnathan Butler and the Gypsey Kings will entertain the crowds.

Jazz legend Oliver Mtukudzi’s memory will be honoured in a special tribute on Saturday night. He was set to perform at the festival for the first time until his untimely passing earlier this year.

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is Cape Town’s biggest annual music event with over 40 international and local jazz artists performing over two days.

Festival director Billy Domingo calls the night of the free music, a concert for the people.

“It’s the way we share the concert with everyone in the city of cape town, you don’t have to be rich you just have to be the citizen of the country. So it’s no more people looking through fences. Here we will put on the show for nothing, for mahala. And the people form Delft, Gugulethu, Constantia have the right to be here, because they are the very big part of the Cape Town Jazz.”

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