Syd 'tha kid' Bennett and Matt Martians of The Internet. Photo: Supplied
Los Angeles-based, Grammy-nominated "curious and pioneering" hip-hop, neo-soul and R&B outfit The Internet is heading to Cape Town.

The Internet concludes the line-up for the 18th Cape Town International Jazz Festival ( #CTIJF2017 ). Syd "tha kid" Bennett, Matt Martians, Patrick Paige II, Christopher Smith and Steve Lacy will energise and engage fans with their powerful messaging, phrased through their unique blend of nuanced soulful melodies and beats that connect deep within.

Defying easy categorisation of their crossover multi-genre sounds, The Internet was christened as a result of the two producers – Syd (Sydney) and Matt Martians (real name Matthew Martins) – meeting on the Net, then officially forming the band in 2011. They have since released three studio albums and three extended plays, with Ego Death, nominated for a Grammy – Best Urban Contemporary Album.

Of Ego Death Pitchfork contributor Craig Jenkins remarked that: “The band's purposeful instrumentation clears room to showcase her (Syd)words, and she has a war story for every stage of love and loss.”

Festival Director Billy Domingo says of their inclusion in the 2017 CTIJF line-up: “We are excited to welcome The Internet to South Africa. Their fresh sound and insightful lyrics both inform and entertain and they are certain to appeal and resonate with a diverse audience. The band is the perfect addition to this socially conscious 2017 musical line-up.”

Catch The Internet on the Manenberg Stage on Saturday, April 1 at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which takes place on March 31 and April 1.

The official sponsors for the 18th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2017 are the Department of Arts and Culture, Independent Media and the City of Cape Town. Other sponsors include Johnnie Walker, Amstel and South African Tourism.

Tickets are available at at the following links:

Day passes:

For corporate hospitality packages, contact Samantha on 021 671

Day passes:

For corporate hospitality packages, contact Samantha on 021 671 0506 or e-mail [email protected]

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