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Cape Town Jazz Fest Turns 10

Dianne Reeves

On April 3-4, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which attracted 33,500 people in 2008, turns 10. The festival has defied the skeptics who believed that this event, like other previous attempts at an annual international jazz festival on the African continent, would also fizzle out.

In its decade-long existence, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival has become an important event on the world jazz calendar. “It’s not been easy, but we have now developed a winning formula, comprised of many elements. The presentation on five stages over two days, of 40 bands equally split between African and overseas artists, has given festival goers so much choice,” says EspAfrika and festival director Rashid Lombard.

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