CPT International Jazz Festival announces line-up

Erykah Badu. (Reuters)

Erykah Badu. (Reuters)

The first lady of neo soul, Erykah Badu was on Tuesday announced as one of the leading acts performing at the 15th Cape Town International Jazz Festival. 

The festival takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, March 28 - 29 2014. 

The jazz festival announced the first set of line-up acts for the weekend event, which includes South Africa's Jonas Gwangwa; The Soil; Jimmy Nevis; Shane Cooper; Reason; The Muffinz; Ological Studies; Soul Housing Project; Dr Philip Tabane and Malombo. 

International acts include Australia's Haitus Kaiyote, Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, The Foreign Exchange, Kenny Garrett Quintet, Chris Dave and the Drumhedz, Rakesh Chaurasia & Friends, Snarky Puppy, Jaco Maria and Carmen Lundy.

"We've listened to our fans and we think we've got an even more exciting – and crowd-pleasing – festival. After all, it is called Africa's grandest gathering," said event organiser espAfrika's chief executive Rashid Lombard. 

Forty-two-year-old Badu's début album Baduizm was released in 1997 and debuted at number two on the Billboard charts.

Baduizm eventually went triple platinum and the first single off the album, On & On, won best female R&B vocal performance at the 1998 Grammy awards. Baduizm also won best R&B album.

Tickets are on sale from Computicket at R795 for a weekend pass and R490 for a day pass (50% of early bird specials have already been sold)?.

Rhodé Marshall

Rhodé Marshall

Rhodé Marshall is the Mail & Guardian's arts, culture and entertainment content producer. She started as a radio reporter and producer in Cape Town, before jumping into online news. When there is chaos, she is the responsible, cool and calm one. With one hand glued to her phone and the other to a can of Coca-Cola, she is a pop culture junkie. And don't you dare write her name without the accent on the e, she will make sure that you know how to do it on every device. Visit her blog: rhodemarshall.co.za Read more from Rhodé Marshall

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