ALL THAT JAZZ: Thousands of people move to the grove of Black Motion on Friday.
ALL THAT JAZZ: Thousands of people move to the grove of Black Motion on Friday.
SINGING OUT: Music legend Tshepo Tshola pays tribute to late jazz legend Hugh Masekela.  Picture: Bheki Radebe/African News Agency/ANA
SINGING OUT: Music legend Tshepo Tshola pays tribute to late jazz legend Hugh Masekela. Picture: Bheki Radebe/African News Agency/ANA
MOVING THE CROWD: Trombone Shorty performing on the CTIJF Kippies stage. Picture  Bheki Radebe/ African News Agency/ANA
MOVING THE CROWD: Trombone Shorty performing on the CTIJF Kippies stage. Picture Bheki Radebe/ African News Agency/ANA
WARM WELCOME: President Cyril Ramaphosa greets thousands of music lovers at the CTIJF on Saturday night.  Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency (ANA)
WARM WELCOME: President Cyril Ramaphosa greets thousands of music lovers at the CTIJF on Saturday night. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency (ANA)
​AFRICA’S GRANDEST GATHERING: President Cyril Ramaphosa was in high spirits at the 19th CTIJF where he was hosted by Sekunjalo executive chairman Dr Iqbal Survé (left) and Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa (right).  Joining in on the festivities was former ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, now head of monitoring and evaluation in the office of the president.  Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency (ANA)
​AFRICA’S GRANDEST GATHERING: President Cyril Ramaphosa was in high spirits at the 19th CTIJF where he was hosted by Sekunjalo executive chairman Dr Iqbal Survé (left) and Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa (right). Joining in on the festivities was former ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, now head of monitoring and evaluation in the office of the president. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency (ANA)
Cape Town - The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) drew thousands of music lovers and celebrities at the weekend who enjoyed world-class entertainment.

In its 19th year, the offering encompassed the full scale of the jazz genre as the line-up showcased diverse cultures and musical styles to reveal the complexity of the music, to inspire, uplift and energise.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, former president Jacob Zuma, and Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu were among the 37 000 people at the event held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Friday and Saturday.

Organisers of the event had in-depth planning meetings regarding water use, and comprehensive and responsible water use plans were in place.

The plans included using bottled water for cooking and food preparation, having hand sanitisers in bathrooms, and using non-potable water for all clean-up operations.

The festival is the flagship event for prominent events management and production company espAfrika, which has staged and produced several world-renowned events.

Affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”, the festival is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa, and is famous for its star-studded line-up of local and international artists.

Each year it boasts five stages with more than 40 artists performing over two nights.

One of this year’s highlights was The Boy’s Doin' It, a musical tribute to the legendary Bra Hugh Masekela.

The Boy’s Doin' It was performed by Masekela’s five-member band of the past 10 years, including singer Sibongile Khumalo and a two-piece brass section.

The artist line-up also included Alistair Izobell, Amanda Black, Claire Phillips and visiting UK hit sensation Corinne Bailey Rae, Billy Monama: GrazRoots Project, Black Motion, Incognito, and the Sekunjalo Edujazz Band.