The US R&B/Funk band Earth Wind & Fire will headline the 12th annual jazz fest, which takes place on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 2011 in Cape Town, SA. The Cape Town International Conventional Centre is again home to the festival, during which 40 international and local jazz artists will play on five stages over two days.
The line up so far
From the USA comes Wayne Shorter and his Quartet, Hubert Laws and the full original line-up, including Maurice White and Philip Bailey of Earth Wind & Fire. The group passed through South Africa before in 2004 but are now headlining the festival.
Local musicians include Simphiwe Dana (South Africa), Lisa Bauer Quartet (South Africa), Ivan Mazuze (Mozambique/South Africa), Sandra Cordeiro (Angola), Gazelle (South Africa) and Gang Of Instrumentals (South Africa).
My favourite addition to the festival is the official reunion of the Durban pop group The Flames, formed in 1963. Steeped in Atlantic soul and the Motown Sound, The Flames were the first non-white local band to hit the Top 20 chart on Springbok radio. See also my previous post on The Flames.
from The Star January 26 2011