Simphiwe Dana perfoming at the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Simphiwe Dana perfoming at the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Corinne Bailey Rae performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Corinne Bailey Rae performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Abbay Misganaw, rapper and vocalist of The Surge, performs at the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Ian Landsberg/ANA Pictures
Abbay Misganaw, rapper and vocalist of The Surge, performs at the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Ian Landsberg/ANA Pictures
SA songbird Amanda Black belts it out in the Kippies Stage the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival on Friday. Picture: Ian Landsberg/ANA Pictures
SA songbird Amanda Black belts it out in the Kippies Stage the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival on Friday. Picture: Ian Landsberg/ANA Pictures
The Sekunjalo Delft Big Band performing on the Basil Manenberg Stage at the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Ian Landsberg/ANA Pictures
The Sekunjalo Delft Big Band performing on the Basil Manenberg Stage at the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Ian Landsberg/ANA Pictures
Mi Casa perfoming at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Mi Casa perfoming at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Mi Casa perfoming at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Mi Casa perfoming at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
President Cyril Ramaphosa taking a selfie at the 19th Cape  International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
President Cyril Ramaphosa taking a selfie at the 19th Cape International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Chairman of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings, Dr Iqbal Survé, in conversation with President Cyril Ramaphosa and Zizi Kodwa (centre) at the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival on Saturday. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Chairman of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings, Dr Iqbal Survé, in conversation with President Cyril Ramaphosa and Zizi Kodwa (centre) at the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival on Saturday. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Former president Jacob Zuma at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on Friday. Picture: Cindy Waxa/African News Agency/ANA
Former president Jacob Zuma at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on Friday. Picture: Cindy Waxa/African News Agency/ANA
Veteran photographer Peter Magubane and former Ppesident Jacob Zuma looking at the of Nelson Madela and Brenda Fassie at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Cindy Waxa/ANA Pictures
Veteran photographer Peter Magubane and former Ppesident Jacob Zuma looking at the of Nelson Madela and Brenda Fassie at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Cindy Waxa/ANA Pictures
Thabo Smol of Black Motion performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Thabo Smol of Black Motion performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Thabo Smol of Black Motion performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Thabo Smol of Black Motion performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Mabuta performing at the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Mabuta performing at the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
The legendary Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse performed with The Liberation Project Acoustic Band at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
The legendary Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse performed with The Liberation Project Acoustic Band at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
The legendary Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse performed with The Liberation Project Acoustic Band at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
The legendary Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse performed with The Liberation Project Acoustic Band at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
N8N band from Belgium performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
N8N band from Belgium performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
N8N band from Belgium performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
N8N band from Belgium performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Corinne Bailey Rae performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Corinne Bailey Rae performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Amanda Black performs at the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Ian Landsberg/ANA Pictures
Amanda Black performs at the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Ian Landsberg/ANA Pictures
Cape Town 18-03-23  Cape Town International Jazz Festival Pictures Ayanda Ndamane African news agency/ANA
Cape Town 18-03-23 Cape Town International Jazz Festival Pictures Ayanda Ndamane African news agency/ANA
A member of the band Mabuta performs at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
A member of the band Mabuta performs at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Bokani Dyer of the band Mabuta performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Bokani Dyer of the band Mabuta performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Trombone Shorty performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA
Trombone Shorty performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA

Cape Town - It was with a last drum beat from Louis Moholo-Moholo that the 2018 Cape Town International Jazz Festival came to a close on Saturday night.

The 19th edition of the annual event attracted approximately 37000 people to watch 41 musical performances on five stages on two nights.

This year jazz enthusiasts took as many videos and pictures as possible and embraced many of the stages that weren’t hosting pure jazz acts.

Amanda Black and Black Motion were particular fan favourites on the first night. 

Other Friday night highlights included local favourites Mi Casa and Alistair Izobell as well as The Liberation Project Acoustic Band featuring the legendary Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse. International acid jazz band Incognito entertained the partying crowd with a slick set of their epic anthems. 

On Saturday Simphiwe Dana stunned with an amazing performance and a first - her 13-piece all woman band - which showed what woman power can do to up the music stakes - from exquisite flute playing; to supreme sax, drums, bass guitar playing - you name it - all beautifully orchestrated and synchronised. 

The audience seemed to know every song by heart and sang and danced and clapped along to the many favourites. Dana also used the stage as a platform to make a call for woman's rights and heeding a call for peace and harmony in this centennial year of Madiba. 

One of the highlights of Saturday evening was The Boy’s Doin’ It: A Celebration of Hugh Masekela’s Life and Music performance featuring artists who had worked with the legend who died in January. The extremely moving tribute produced many tears and strong feeling of emotion in the packed auditorium as Putuma Tiso, Tshepo Tshola and Selema Masekela among others performed in his honour. 

Ethiopian Mulatu Astatke's unique brand of traditional music fused with jazz was well-received to say the least by an ecstatic audience. Claire Phillips had the crowd dancing in the rain, while Tank and the Bangas and esp Young Legend contest winner Jarrad Ricketts set the Bassline stage alight.

Roll on 2019 CTIJF!