Published 23 November 2016 at 11:29am by Helen Herimbi, Independent Online
When a human being turns 18 years old, it is seen as a coming of age.
They usually finish their formative school years at that age. They join the struggle that we all now know as adulting. They are even finally able to legally imbibe. When the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) turns 18 next year, the world-renowned fest will have grown in leaps in bounds. Probably at a speed more impressive than a human being.
One of the ways in which that is evident is in the way the festival disregards trends and follows the heart of the music through its line-ups. Billy Domingo, who is the CTIJF’s director, said: “We are undergoing a musical renaissance, when different musical genres and performers are collaborating to create new sounds for new audiences who may come from different walks of life, but who all appreciate what music has to offer.
“The Cape Town International Jazz Festival has led the live musical journey on the African continent for the past 17 years, and now in our 18th, we are continuing to showcase new talent, new sounds, while staging them alongside music masters.
“I couldn’t be happier with this line-up as it’s a reflection of where we have come from, where we are now and where we are going.”
The much-anticipated announcement of the first batch of acts that will grace the various stages at CTIJF took place yesterday in Sandton.
Read the full article here