TAKING advantage of the sheer number of music lovers who descend on the Mother City for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, an enterprising group have cottoned on to the idea of running a fringe music festival.

The Sounds Fringe Festival. which runs from Thursday, March 27 to Sunday, March 30, was conceived by Frank Gormely, property developer and chairman of the Rainbow Academy.

With the Rainbow Academy chief executive Denay Willie, and with the assistance of trumpeter Vaughan Fransch, they have put together a programme of musicians featuring anything from rock music to the sounds of acoustic guitar, Afro-pop and jazz.

The performances take place around Mandela Rhodes Place, Motherland Coffee Company, The Twankey Bar, The Reserve at the Taj, The Crypt Jazz Restaurant under St Georges Cathdral and Inn on the Square, the Iziko Old Town House and the Iziko Slave Lodge.

Artists who will perform include Farryl Purkiss, Alvin Dyers, Errol Dyers, Tete Mbambisa, Emily Bruce, The Rudimentals, Jeremy Olivier, Saudiq Khan, Albaire, Hassan’adas, Beatenberg, Sterling EQ, Reza Khota, Francesca Biancoli, Amanda Tiffin, Spencer Mbadu, Gerald Clark, Amy Campbell, Sui Generis, Adamu, Philip Malan, Kanimambo, Nick Turner, Blackie Tempi, Touchwood, Dan Shout, Manny Walters, Sweetnelfjord and many more.

Visiting Norwegian trumpeter, Arne Hiorth, will also take to the stage with his band members and a 100- strong choir.

While this fringe musical festival has nothing to do with Cape Town International Jazz Festival, most of the performances will start at 1pm and will not clash with the main event.

• Check www.soundsfringe capetown.co.za for the full programme. Tickets from Computicket with a day pass cost R100, R50 for individual performances and R75 for headline acts at The Reserve at the Taj and St Georges Cathedral.