Not just focusing on the jazz genre, music included alternative R&B, rap, electronic and others.
Friday’s highlights included performances by Steve Kekana, Soweto Gospel Choir, Shekhinah, Donvino Prins, as well as headline act Chaka Khan.
Saturday, was one big jol, and favourites for the night included the Gypsy Kings and Jonathan Butler’s memorable “Home Coming” performance.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of his performance Butler, who now lives in the US, said that he keeps hearing the word “legend” here in South Africa to describe himself.
“But I am not dead and I haven’t quite made it; I have made it in a way that suits me. Legend and legacy ... I don’t know, man,” the self-taught artist said, urging those who wanted to get to know him to go to his street in Athlone where he grew up.
This was local sax king Donvino’s first time on the CTIJF stage and he says it was a dream.
He performed on the Basil Manenberg Coetzee stage on Friday.
“I played 90% of my own music and people embraced it, even though my set overlapped with Chaka Khan, our people still came out and supported me and I really appreciate that.”
Craig Lucas was also a big hit and fan Sally Appollis said: “I love how he adapts to an audience so easily and gives his best performance as if it’s his last, that is passion.”