PICS: Legends and newcomers mesmerise at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival

04 April 2016 - 16:59 By Staff reporter

The annual Cape Town International Jazz festival boasted some of the world's biggest jazz starts. The major theme throughout the performances centred around justice, love and reinforcing the need for peace across the world.

Major international artists included the soulful Meshell Ndegeocello and Angie Stone.

Other stars from the USA included 24 year old hip hop artist Mick Jenkins, who had crowds bopping to his sick beats. Jenkins is associated with major rapping acts such as Chance the Rapper.

Amadou and Mariam from Mali, who were performing for the first time in South Africa, pointed out the value of African's coming together and connecting through music.

The line up was as diverse as the audience in attendance and the crowds seemed to lose themselves in the music, no matter who was on the stage.

Idris Elba also made a guest appearance on stage, sharing the spotlight with with Abigail Kubeka and Dorothy Masuku (pictured below), South Africa's own's jazz legends.

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Abigail Kubeka, left and Dorothy Masuka, right during their performance

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Lemmy Special Mabaso brought some penny whistle magic to festival goers at the Kippies stage

American recording artist Angie Stone, who is most famous for her 2001 hit Wish I didn't Miss You,  surprised festival goers with a new single

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The Cape Town hip-hop quartet Driemanskap from Gugulethu gave a hot perfomance on the Bassline stage

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Laetitia Dana from France mesmerised audiences with her performance 

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Youth Legend winner Lana Croster looks completely taken by the music during her spirited performance

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Jazz lovers soaking up the music