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1st lineup for 21st Cape Town International Jazz Fest announced

The initial lineup for the 21st Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) has been announced. The annual festival will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on 27 and 28 March 2020.

Lighting up the stage will be some of the best local and international music icons, including PJ Morton from the USA, Jacob Collier from the UK, Abdullah Ibrahim, 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 festival. Over the last two decades, the CTIJF has brought some of the greatest names in jazz and jazz-related music to the Mother City, with 2,649 musicians taking to the festival stage.

The following artists will take to the CTIJF 2020 stage:

  • MF Robots – United Kingdom
  • Gabi Motuba – South Africa
  • AusTebza – South Africa
  • Ndlovu Youth Choir – South Africa
  • Lady Zamar – South Africa
  • Femi Koya – Nigeria
  • Lira – South Africa
  • Mandisi Dyantyis – SOUTH AFRICA
  • Kwetu Trio feat. Aaron Rimbui, Herbie Tsoaeli and Ayanda Sikade – Kenya/South Africa
  • BirdSong Ensemble – South Africa/Switzerland/Germany/Swaziland
  • Reising, Ntuli, Cooper; Baumann – South Africa/Switzerland
  • Elementaal – India/South Africa
  • Seba Kaapstad – South Africa/Germany
  • 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

“Since its inception, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival has been a platform to showcase emerging and established talent from the continent and further afield. Over the last 20 years, we have shown the world that this festival is about more than just live music – it’s about building a community of music lovers and developing the next generation of acclaimed musicians,” says Billy Domingo, CTIJF festival director.

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FESTINOS, the #CTIJF2020 FIRST ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT is HERE! Check out the first batch of artists joining us on stage at the 21st anniversary of Africa's Grandest Gathering, taking place on 27 & 28 March 2020 at the CTICC. Tickets available now at Computicket: For VIP bookings, contact Samantha Pienaar at Visit for more information. Official sponsors of the 21st annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival are The Department of the Arts and Culture, Heart 104.9 FM, Independent Media, AYO Technologies Solutions, Engen, Scottish Leader, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, SAB ABInbev, Raymond Weil and Host City – the City of Cape Town

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“The 2020 CTIJF promises an unforgettable lineup. The CTIJF is passionate about developing local talent and the learners who attend our Sustainable Training and Development programme will have outstanding local examples on stage to inspire them,” concludes Domingo.

General access tickets for the 2020 festival are available at Computicket at R999 for a Weekend Pass and R649 for a Day Pass.

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