The Mother City loves good music and is seeing more and more quality acts on its stages. In mid-March, Ismael Lo from Senegal performed at the fabulous Cape Town City Hall to a sold-out audience. The coming weeks see a scintillating collection of local and international musicians across the city, from outdoor picnics to big stadia. Choosing which shows to attend, depends on what you like, and where you’d like to enjoy it.
OUTDOORS – KIRSTENBOSCH SUMMER CONCERTS
As the shadows lengthen and the days shorten, Cape Town enjoys the last of its seasonal picnic concerts, Kirstenbosch Summer Sunsets concerts.
25 March saw the jazzy Hugh Masekela on stage. Hugh was recently featured by Rolling Stone South Africa as a true legend of the land. “My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are,” and he didn’t disappoint.
Hot Water is a live act that blends influences from KwaZulul-Natal Maskanda music to folk pop to bring you contemporary African sounds> they wowed outdoor audiences on April Fools day, 01 April 2012.
Find out more: Click here to DO GREAT THINGS!
Tip for your trip: take a green cab and reduce your stress and your carbon footprint. “Green Cab – Cape Town’s first carbon-neutral transport service.”
CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, 30 - 31 MARCH 2012
The annual showcase of local and international acts has grown from its humble roots as a jazz festival to embrace all tastes in live music. In March, the festival hosted local divas like the stylish and sophisticated Lindiwe Suttle. Unathi was another queen of the stage, a performer who wowed more than the United Nations delegates once to receive a standing ovation from producer Quincy Jones. Other Jazz Fest acts included The Xia Jia Trio, Alfredo Rodriguez and Hassan’Adas. It was a truly international, boundary-breaking festival, well worth catching next year.
A real treat: The hugely popular festival sold out 3 weeks before it took place, and in the spirit of sharing and goodwill, the public concert in Greenmarket square was open to all.
More at: the Cape Town International Jazz Festival website
STING, 27 - 28 MARCH
"Although there are qualitative differences between music forms, and certainly skill differences, it's basically the same building blocks. And so I approach music that way." These are the words of the Englishman in New York who brought us the hits ‘Desert Rose’ and ‘Fields of Gold’. He visited South Africa for the first time. His Cape Town show sold out, proving how popular good music is with good people.
Find out more: Visit Sting's website here.
EAGLES - 4 APRIL 2012
Enjoying five number one singles, six Grammy Awards, five American Music awards and six number one albums to date, the Eagles are a household name from the 1970s. Cape Town is a nostalgic town, and will no doubt be supporting their first visit to its fine shores with sing-alongs and illuminated cell phones!
Top tip: Pop into Musica to get hold of their biggest hits.
More at: Visit the Eagles site here.
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