Jill Scott gets second chance
The biggest news to come out of the line-up announced for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival yesterday is that US star Jill Scott will headline the event.
The festival takes place over the weekend of April 5 and 6.
The Grammy Award-winning Scott pulled out at the eleventh hour last year and organisers had to arrange for Lauryn Hill to replace her.
The organisers were so incensed that they considered suing the Golden singer but it appears the row has been patched up.
Other artists taking part and announced yesterday include Jimmy Dludlu, Brand New Heavies (UK), Zonke, Thandiswa Mazwai, Mafikizolo, Ibrahim Khalil Shihab, Kirk Whalum (US), Ronin (Switzerland), Pu2ma, Steve Turre (US), Errol Dyers, Chano Dominguez (Spain), Auriol Hays, Gregory Porter (USA), Cheikh-Lo (Senegal), Micasa, Robert Glasper Experiment, Khuli Chana and AKA.
The names of the participating artists were revealed in a video montage that included a small tribute to jazz legend Victor Ntoni, who died on Monday of a heart attack.
Zonke and Mazwai received the most cheers from the audience.
Rashid Lombard, of espAfrika, one of the main organisers, said: "We take a lot of our cues from the audience. We get a lot of information about artists - some we don't even know about - but we listen to a lot, thanks to YouTube."
"[The local music industry] is getting better, it's getting smarter, and it's getting world recognition," he said, highlighting the international exposure the event offered domestic artists.
Around 33500 people saw last year's festival and it is estimated that it contributed R860-million to the national economy, of which R457-million went to Western Cape.