Cape Town International Jazz Festival in its 15th year

Since its founding in the year 2000, the Cape Town International Jazz festival has grown considerably, doubling in numbers over almost two decades.

Known as Africa's Grandest Gathering, the festival now entices international appeal with bands and performances from UK, US, Australian, Dutch and local artists. These include English pop rock and jazz funk band Level 42 and global chart-topper Jimmy Nevis. Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile supports the event: "Cape Town International Jazz Festival is a great reflection of how far we have come as a nation. It showcases our brilliant local talent, while also attracting leading jazz artists from all over the world. This has allowed the festival to help grow a larger skills base within our creative sector, which in turn helps strengthen and celebrate our cultural diversity."

The coming together of international and local artists is a "winning formula...over two days and five stages has earned it the status of being the most prestigious event on the Africa content", the JazzFest website states.

The gathering promises to thrill festival returners and newcomers alike with world class musical talents. With multiple stages, some acts will appear on stage simultaneously, festival goers will be spoilt for choice. Founder and CEO Rashid Lombard stated: "This year's line-up is set to speak and ignite an even grander and more energetic experience than ever before and perfectly sets the tone for the next 15 years of JazzFest."

The event takes place on Friday and Saturday 28th-29th March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

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