Zaki Ibrahim Confirmed for Jazz Fest

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Zaki Ibrahim Confirmed for Jazz Fest


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THE Cape Town International Jazz Festival will once again stage a mixed bag of fusion on their annual jazz bill on the weekend of April 3 and 4. Four stages will host a range of genres, such as Afro-pop, soul, funk, blues, Latin and hip-hop.

Upcoming headliners will include the latest confirmation, vocalist Zaki Ibrahim, as well as Dianne Reeves, jazz-funk king Maceo Parker and smooth jazz guitarist Peter White. Trumpeter Hugh Masekela will join the trio as one of the headline acts.

Those who prefer straight-ahead jazz can look forward to John Coltrane's disciple, Dave Liebman, Miles Davis's drummer Al Foster, a cappella group, New York Voices, local drummer Maurice Gawronsky and Clint Eastwood's son, bassist Kyle Eastwood.

Local talent will include vocalist Emily Bruce and young bassist Jonathan Rubain.

The rest of the lineup includes Arturo Lledo, Freshlyground, Incognito, Loading Zone, Ringo Madlingozi, Rus Nerwich's Collective Imagination, The Stylistics and Zap Mama.

When Jack de Johnette left the Miles Davis band in 1972, Al Foster replaced him. This association continued until Miles's death in 1991. Now we will get to hear Foster leading his own quartet. His 2008 album Love, Peace and Jazz, displays his perceptive drumming technique.

Spanish guitarist Arturo Lledo spent 14 of his formative years in Brazil. His familiarity with Spanish and Brazilian music means he will bring to the festival stage anything from beautiful boleros to samba and bossa nova.

As a disciple of John Coltrane and Miles Davis, Dave Liebman appreciates the value of having a working band to express one's musical feelings. …

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