SA president, tourism back Cape Town Jazz Festival


The Cape Town Jazz Festival, which takes place on 25 and 26 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, has received the backing of the President of South Africa, Mr.Jacob Zuma and SA Tourism.

President Zuma mentioned in his recent State of the Nation address that the event contributed more than R475 million to the economy of Cape Town and created 2, 000 jobs in 2010.

As a result, South African Tourism will again join forces with event organisers ESP Afrika to continue delivering the South African brand promise of rich variety and out-of-the-ordinary experiences.

According to the Chief Executive Officer, South Africa Tourism, Ms. Thandiwe January-McLean, “SA Tourism takes great pride in supporting this world-class event that has helped showcase our country as a unique lifestyle and musical destination.”

Last year’s event saw 34, 000 jazz enthusiasts from around the world attend the two- day festival. This year’s event includes celebrated local artists as well as respected musicians from around the world.

However, organisers of the annual event have lined up world-class artistes to thrill audience at this year’s Cape Town International Jazz festival.

In addition to ensuring that audiences have choice by putting up 40 bands on five stages over two days, festival organisers working jointly with musicians put together “concept bands”. These are bands that are specifically assembled for the event.

This year will be no different. The list of 20 additional artists unveiled today has four “concept bands in it.”