Stars jazz it upat 18th CTIJF

Stars jazz it upat 18th CTIJF

HIGHLIGHT: Singer Judith Sephuma at Kippies stage. PICTURES: Motshwari Mofokeng, Ian Lansberg, Ayanda Ndamane and Phando Jikelo

International and local acts rock out.

Cape Town was all jazzed up at the weekend when the 18th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) went down.

Thousands of music lovers flocked to the CTICC where a host of top local and international acts entertained crowds on Friday and Saturday.

The iconic two-day event, organised by espafrika, has become a fixture on the Cape Town tourism and entertainment calendar and as usual, tickets were sold out way in advance.

Headlined by US electro-pop trio En Vogue, the opening night saw stellar performances by Afro-pop band Mango Groove, award-winning local musician Tsepo Tshola, US singer Gretchen Parlato, London-based producer and musician Tom Misch, while PE band VuDu brought the crowd to their feet.

Drought-stricken Cape Town even got some rain on Friday night, but this did not deter concert-goers from catching all the action on stages both inside and outside the venue.

Other acts that brought their magic included Vicky Sampson, Judith Sephuma and The Rudimentals, Sekunjalo Edujazz Band, Jazz Funk Soul with Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber & Paul Jackson Jr from USA, Dope Saint Jude, Deepak Pandit from India and the Soweto String Quartet.

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