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Tuku, Masekela Billed for Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Showbiz Reporter

Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi and Hugh Masekela, two giants of African music will join forces for a performance at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival taking place from March 27 to 28.

The long-time friends who are bonded by their passion for heritage restoration in Africa and their love for traditional Southern African music will re-interpret some of their best-known songs at the sold out festival.

Tuku, who will first perform in Bulawayo on March 20 before travelling to Cape Town the week after will join South Africa’s Donald, Ringo Madlingozi, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Beatenberg, Madala Kunene, Mahotella Queens, Naima Kay, Sipho Mabuse, Banz Oester and the Rainmakers, Claude Cozens Trio, Courtney Pine (UK), Sons of Kemet (UK) and Dirty Loops (Sweden) among other groups.

Affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering” the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa, famous for delivering a star-studded line up. The festival which is held annually on the last weekend of March or the first weekend of April boasts five stages and over 40 artistes performing over two nights.

The festival recognised as the fourth largest jazz festival in the world and the largest jazz festival on the African continent used to be called the Cape Town North Sea Jazz Festival due to its association with the North Sea Festival in the Netherlands.

It has grown since it first started in 2000, and as a result, attendance has also grown from 14, 000 concert goers in 2000 to 40,000 concert goers last year.