Jazz festival draws crowds to South Africa

21st Feb 2013

Jazz fans will be travelling to South Africa this April for a festival which showcases musicians from around the world.

Nicknamed Africa's Grandest Gathering, the two-day 2013 Cape Town International Jazz Festival starts on April 5. This year there will be live performances on 16 stages by more than 40 acts hailing from 12 different countries playing everything from traditional jazz and dub step to samba and electronica.

More than 30,000 people are expected to head to South Africa for the event, which is in its 14th year. British band The Brand New Heavies are headlining the festival, which is the fourth largest of its kind in the world.

The internationally-renowned jazz drummer Louis Moholo will be returning to Cape Town, where he was born, for the festival after five decades living in the UK. He has been recognised for his musical efforts to bring freedom and equality to South Africa through his music, which first became well known when he performed as part of the band The Blue Notes.

As well as acts from overseas, there will be plenty of musicians from Cape Town taking to the stage including Jonathan Rubain and Don Vino, who regularly perform with Lady Smith Black Mambazo. Cape Town is known for producing a unique musical style known as Cape Jazz, which makes visitors want to head to South Africa to hear it.

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