Abdullah Ibrahim: Fugard TheatreThe first list of artists for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2020 have been announced, with some crackers on the programme.

Local and international music icons include PJ Morton from the USA, Jacob Collier from the UK, Abdullah Ibrahim (pictured left), Jonathan Butler – with special guest Candy Dulfer from the Netherlands, Kwetu Trio (featuring Aaron Rimbui, Herbie Tsoaeli and Ayanda Sikade), Lira, Mandisi Dyantyis, MF Robots from the UK and South Africa’s Nduduzo Makhathini.

More top artists will be announced ahead of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), which will take place on 27 and 28 March 2020 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2020 artists

  • Gabi Motuba SOUTH AFRICA
  • Ndlovu Youth Choir SOUTH AFRICA
  • Lady Zamar SOUTH AFRICA
  • Femi Koya NIGERIA
  • Mandisi Dyantyis SOUTH AFRICA
  • KWETU TRIO feat. Aaron Rimbui, Herbie Tsoaeli and Ayanda Sikade KENYA/ SOUTH AFRICA
  • Reising, Ntuli, Cooper; Baumann SOUTH AFRICA/ SWITZERLAND
  • Elementaal INDIA/ SOUTH AFRICA
  • Nduduzo Makhathini SOUTH AFRICA
  • Samthing Soweto SOUTH AFRICA
  • Abdullah Ibrahim SOUTH AFRICA
  • Jonathan Butler with special guest Candy Dulfer SOUTH AFRICA/ NETHERLANDS
  • PJ Morton USA
  • Jacob Collier UK

See Jonathan Butler at CTIJF 2020

Joining South African jazz legend Jonathan Butler (pictured right) on stage is Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer. The Grammy-nominated Butler draws on a vast repertoire, while constantly exploring new genres. Dulfer has performed with musicians such as Dave Stewart, Prince, Van Morrison, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, among others.

Kenyan-born Aaron Rimbui is a self-taught pianist, keyboardist, drummer, bandleader, producer, and composer. In 2017, Rimbui joined South African jazz icons Herbie Tsoaeli on bass and Ayanda Sikade on drums to create the Kwetu Trio.

Jacob Collier has been dubbed as one of the most innovative musicians of his generation. A self-described autodidact, Jacob taught himself to play over a dozen instruments in his music room in London. In 2012, he began making YouTube videos which have achieved legendary status in the music world, attracting the praise of such luminaries as Herbie Hancock, David Crosby, Steve Vai, and Quincy Jones, who manages Jacob to this day. Jacob produced, performed and recorded his debut album “In My Room” entirely by himself. This went on to win two Grammys.

MF Robots (Music For Robots) is a soulful project by the Brand New Heavies founder Jan Kincaid. The drummer, songwriter and producer has teamed up with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dawn Joseph.

pj morton Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2020

Grammy Award winner PJ Morton (pictured left), is the busiest man in R&B. Alongside performing with pop powerhouse Maroon 5 and collaborating with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Solange, and Erykah Badu, his solo career has taken off as 2017’s “Gumbo” garnered two Grammy nominations and 2018’s “Gumbo Unplugged” received three Grammy nominations.  Joining these international acts in celebrating 21 years of the finest jazz is some of the best homegrown talent that South Africa has to offer.

 Abdullah Ibrahim, South Africa’s most distinguished pianist and a world-respected master musician, has toured the world extensively for more than a quarter-century. An icon of the South African resistance movement, his song “Mannenberg – ‘Is where it’s happening’” became an unofficial national anthem for black South Africans under apartheid.

Songstress Lira, whose music career spans 15 years and includes six studio albums and three live DVDs, has established herself as one of South Africa’s foremost female artists and a formidable presence on the global music scene.

The Mandisi Dyantyis Quintet at Hank’s

Port Elizabeth trumpeter and vocalist Mandisi Dyantyis (pictured right) blends traditional gospel with new age Afro-pop to create an award-winning sound for jazz lovers.  His album “Somandla” was nominated for Jazz Album of 2019 at the SAMAs.

The Ndlovu Youth Choir, who won hearts across the globe when they appeared on America’s Got Talent, have been performing to sold out shows on their first international tour. Their infectious energy and toe-tapping, uniquely South African musical performance, combined with mesmerising choreography, have made this Limpopo choir a household name. From their rendition of Toto’s “Africa” to more traditional melodies, the Ndlovu Youth Choir infuses the beauty and energy of Africa into every performance.

KwaZulu-Natal jazz musician Nduduzo Makhathini was raised in a musical family, where his love for music began at an early age. He completed his Diploma in Jazz Piano in 2005, and a decade later was awarded the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist Award. His music brings an invigorating sound that merges the notes from his childhood – from traditional Zulu music, to Indian, choral and gospel. He is known for tracks such as “Echoes of you”, “Shwele” and “King Fela”. Makhathini has toured extensively and recorded with jazz icons such as Zim Ngqawana, Busi Mhlongo, Feya Faku, Carlo Mombelli, Salim Washington and Herbie Tsaoeli, among others.

What: Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2020

 Where and when: 27 and 28 March 2020 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)

Tickets: Computicket