Ten-time Grammy award winner and Queen of Funk Chaka Khan is set to perform at the 2019 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. File picture: Craig Lassig/Reuters
Cape Town – Ten-time Grammy award winner and Queen of Funk Chaka Khan is set to perform at the 2019 Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2019, organiser espAfrika  announced on Tuesday.

In celebration of Women’s Month, espAfrika on Tuesday  revealed five female-led acts to  perform at Africa’s Grandest Gathering  at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on March 29 and 30 next year.

The other acts are multiple award-winning jazz  pianist Eliane Elias from Brazil; US multi-instrumentalist, neo-soul group Moonchild; South Africa’s  first all-female big band, The Lady Day Big Band ; and local sensation, singer/songwriter  Shekhinah.

Next year is a big year for the CTIJF, with the event celebrating 20 years of international and local jazz

CTIJF plans to reveal international  and local artists for the festival online throughout the year, instead of its traditional format of press  conferences. These multiple line-up announcements will keep the conversation going with new  artists to be revealed regularly.

Festival Director Billy Domingo said he looks forward to honouring the past and establishing the future at  CTIJF 2019. “The legacy continues as we look forward to the next 20 years of the CTIJF. Now  that we’ve laid a solid foundation, we strive to maintain the excellent standard of Africa’s Grandest
Gathering and further establish this festival as one of the best in the world.

“As you’ll see with the first artist announcement, we continue to pay homage to women of song  while challenging the global gender bias. As in recent years, we will always celebrate our legends  with the CTIJF legacy programme playing an important role in the festival line-up," says Domingo.

Ticket sales for CTIJF 2019 are now open on Computicket. Loyal festival goers are in for a treat, as a  limited amount of Weekend Pass tickets are available at R999. Thereafter, CTIJF 2019 Weekend  Passes will remain the same price as last year:  
  • Weekend Pass: R1 290
  • Day Pass: R850
CTIJF 2019 Premier Hospitality packages are now on sale.  Contact Samantha on 021 671 05 06 or email [email protected] for more information.

* For more information visit: www.capetownjazzfest.com