Now in its third year, the espYoungLegends 2018 online competition has racked up an impressive array of entries. With the winner performing at Africa’s Grandest Gathering – the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), taking place on 23 and 24 March 2018 – this is one prize worth competing for.  Today, espAfrika, the company behind the CTIJF, announced the Top 20 finalists that will go through to the next round.

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“Selecting the Top 20 artists who will enter the first round of public voting was no easy task this year. The standard of entries has been exceptional, and shows that the jazz and jazz-related music genres are alive and flourishing in South Africa,” says Billy Domingo, COO of espAfrika and Festival Director of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

The espYoungLegends 2018 Top 20 finalists (in alphabetical order) are as follows (please click on this link to view video submissions):

  • Asanda Mqiki
  • Astrafunk and The Space Cats
  • Elle Deva
  • It Has To Be Jazz – Spontaneous Combustion
  • Jarrad Ricketts
  • Just 6
  • Le Mpendulo
  • Lefa Mosea & The Double Standards Quintet
  • Legato SA
  • Major 7 SA
  • Manouche
  • Maya Spector
  • Mkizwana Ensemble
  • Recycling Sound
  • Simthandile Mtolo
  • Sylvester Aklamavo & Miton Fusion Band
  • Ulagh Williams & the TwoTone Band
  • Youthphemism
  • Zama & The Alan
  • Zetina Mosia

espYoungLegends 2018

Public voting to select the Top 10 finalists is now open at and fans have until midnight on Monday 16 October 2017 to cast their vote. The official Top 10 will be announced the following morning, on Tuesday 17 October 2017.

Thereafter, the espYoungLegends talent panel will select the Top 5 finalists. This announcement will be made on Tuesday 24 October 2017, with the final public voting round to follow. This year, the final decision is in the hands of the public and everyone is encouraged to vote for the next espYoungLegends winner from Tuesday 24 October until midnight 30 October 2017.

The espYoungLegends winner will be announced on Tuesday 31 October 2017 on and across social media.

About espYoungLegends

espYoungLegends 2018

espYoungLegends is a unique online competition that takes place annually brought to you by espAfrika (Pty) Ltd and Cape Town International Jazz Festival. After a fantastic debut year with winner Lana Crowster, and second annual winner VuDu, it’s time to begin the search for the next unsigned jazz-inspired band to perform at #CTIJF2018! Our goal is to find an outstanding, talented band of two to six members. The winner will perform at #CTIJF2018 on Friday 23 or Saturday 24 March 2018. We’re looking for undiscovered gems with raw talent and the full package to join our line-up and rub shoulders with musical heavyweights.