JAZZ FESTIVAL! Final acts announced

Third World

Marcus Miller
Jazz enthusiasts no longer have to hold their breath with the final announcement of artists for the 2012 Cape Town International Jazz Festival, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on 30 and 31 March. The headliners reflect the festival's philosophy of broadening audience's perspectives of what is understood as 'jazz'. "If it's music, sweet music, lets it play," is the philosophy of Jamaican-hailing reggae band Third World - one of the headliner acts aimed at bridging these divides. Originally formed in 1973 in Kingston, Third World has over its three-decade spanning career interwoven subtleties of funk, soul, R&B and rock into reggae music, releasing 23 albums in total. Brooklyn based multi-instrumentalist and producer, Marcus Miller is another major artist who headlines the festival. Harlem born songwriter and vocalist Patti Austin and her trio will tour her Grammy award-winning jazz program which includes hits ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Avant Gershwin. Completing the headliners of international performers is Kansas City-born vocalist Kevin Mahogany. New Yorker Magazine has labelled him "The Standout jazz vocalist of his generation". Tickets for the festival are R400 for a single day pass and R550 for a two-day weekend pass. Tickets are available at Computicket and Shoprite-Checkers stores.