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Thinking of going to the Jazz Fest? #CTIJF2019

Tshegofatsho Mosomane

Cape Town – The sun is out in the CBD and folks seem to be buzzing towards the end of March. What’s happening in Cape Town this week? The real question here should be: what is not happening? From festivals, to your first STABLE ‘paycheck’ or ‘allowance’, the first quater of 2019 is almost over.


Notably, the African continents grandest gathering turns 20 next week. The celebration of the  Cape Town International Jazz Festival is synonymous with legendary entertainment, literally. The event has drawn in audiences from all over the African continent and the world.

We come together to witness the greatest. Unfortunately, we lost the all time global favourites: Hugh Masekela affectionately known as Bra Hugh by even the youngest jazz lovers. It is safe to say that if they don’t know Stimela and have no recollection of the infamous “tshutshu” scream, they’re too young for you. This year we lost yet another jazz great, Oliver Mutukudzi, so if you have a personal rendition of Neria, do not hesitate to share, there will be a tribute in his memory.

The celebration of phenomenal music is a nostalgic and collectively healing process.

If you are thinking of joining the crowd in ‘tune with their souls’ than keep your eyes on all updates from the Vernac News team. You didn’t hear it from me, but a little quartet says there will be a competition running where you can win two tickets to go watch Chaka Khan, Shekhina, The Lady Day Big Band, Vusi Mahlasela & plenty more at The Cape Town International Festival.


Never been?


Well, I took to social media to link with experienced festival goers and this is what they have to say about it:


“I was in awe watching the Legendary Ladies in Song with Dorothy Masuka, it was a sentimental experience. This was back in 2016 and I haven’t returned since. It would be great to go this year, if someone could just suprise me with tickets” – Kolosa Qomoyi

“I’m definitely going to watch the legendary Vusi Mahlasela! I am beyond excited, the Jazz has always been musically fulfilling.” – Sky Dladla


“Where do I even begin. I went there in 2017 and 2018. The festival is amazing. Who wouldn’t enjoy Thandiswa Mazwai and Zoe Modiga. Bra Hugh’s tribute last year was a definite favourite along with Simphiwe Dana and the Soweto String Quartet. I’m not too sure about going this year. I was looking forward to Oliver Mtukudzi. In fact that’s who I wanted to see. So, andiyazi.”- Thandeka Mfinyongo


“Yes, Ke ko. Jazz is my favourite genre, Alfa Mist is coming, so is FKJ and Chaka Khan. Eng ketsa fulfilled. I was there last year and Masego slapped so kea bowela!” – Rebaone Peters

So if you haven’t bought tickets or if you’re hoping to win them from us, keep your eyes on our socials. Maybe be you’ll be a part of what’s happening in Cape Town this week! Till then, stretch your money to the 30th and have plenty of fun.

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