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The Women of Cape Town International Jazz Festival Showed the Beautiful Diversity of ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering’ – Okay Africa This year’s 18th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival had some heavy-hitters when it came to performers, but the highlight were the women who graced the stage.

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Deviating from the traditional jazz artists, the festival welcomed lyricist Dope Saint Jude, Syd of The Internet, Ladybug Mecca of Digable Planets, En Vogue, Laura Mvula and powerhouse vocalist Andra Day.

While Saint Jude hails from Cape Town, the visit was a first for Andra and Syd of The Internet who were excited to switch up their set to appeal to the international crowd.

“Expect to be asked to participate,” Syd said in the press room. “It’s always more fun when the crowd participates so we’re going to be asking the crowd to participate a little.”

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Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) is the flagship event for the leading events management and production company espAfrika, which has staged and produced several world-renowned events.

Affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. The festival, now preparing for its 17th year, is an annual event famous for delivering a star-studded line up. This proudly South African produced event is hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) each year on the last weekend of March or the first weekend of April. (CTIJF).


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