North Sea Jazz Festival Cape Town 2003Artslink.co.za
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esp Afrika (Pty) Ltd (SA) and Mojo Concerts BV (The Netherlands) are once again very proud to announce that the fourth successive staging of the North Sea Jazz Festival-Cape Town will be taking place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th March 2003 at the Good Hope Centre.
With the festival less than two months away, the traditional evenly-split list of 32 international and African artists is already taking shape and looking as mouth-watering as in previous years. As a result, tickets, trains, flights, accommodation, and travel packages for this very popular festival are again in great demand from both South African and international jazz fans.
The acts already confirmed for the North Sea Jazz Festival-Cape Town 2003 include:
Deodato, Isaac Hayes, Osibisa, North Sea Jazz Super Band, Andreas Vollenweider with special guest Pops Mohammed, Jonas Gwangwa, India.Arie, Archie Shepp Quartet feat. Amina Meyers, Marcus Wyatt, John Scofield Überjam, Jabu Kanyile feat. Bayete, Eric Vloeimans, Yusef Lateef, Adam Rudolph Duo with special guest Zim Ngqawana, Mukta, Pieces Of A Dream featuring Gerald Veasley, Allou April, Relax, Herbert, Moses Khumalo, Floetry, Bugge Wesseltoft with special guest John Scofield, The Standard Bank Jazz Orchestra and Andile Yenana.
The organisers have been working with SAA, South African Tourism and Jazz Times International to make a large variety of travel packages available. Details of these are available from SAA at +27 11 978 1144 or www.flysaaa.com or at the JAZZTIMES International website at www.jazztimes.com. There is also a NSJF hotline at +27 83-123-JAZZ (5299) and line-up updates and other festival info can be found at www.nsjfcapetown.com.
The Cape Town jazz festival, now officially and appropriately dubbed "Africa's Grandest Gathering", will take place on the evening of Friday 28 (17H30 - 02H30) and on Saturday 29 March (18H00 - 02H30), and will again be spread over the same four stages in the Good Hope Centre complex - Manenberg, Kippies, Baseline, and Rosies - with a daily audience capacity of 11,000.
The 2003 event will nostalgically be the last at the Good Hope Centre as, from 2004, the festival will be moving to the more spacious new Convention Centre on the Cape Town foreshore. To ease the stretched facilities at the Good Hope Centre for the 2003 event, the organisers have arranged to extend the festival premises across half of Sir Lowry Road, in front of the venue. This will allow for more open space around the corporate and food areas and will extend the audience area around the outdoor Manenberg stage.
Rashid Lombard of espAfrika will again helm the dynamic management team for the festival, alongside his Dutch partners, Theo van den Hoek and Mojo Concerts. During 2002, Rashid Lombard was honoured for his work on the past North Sea Jazz Festivals in Cape Town by being awarded both the Arts and Culture Trust 'Arts Administrator Of The Year' award, as well as the IMM 'Marketer Of The Year' award. Lombard insisted however, that the success of the past three North Sea Jazz Festivals in Cape Town was in no small measure also due to the solid and experienced team who will again be running the 2003 Festival.
The Gold Sponsors for the 2003 festival will again be MTN, SAA and Standard Bank. SABC are now the official Broadcast Sponsors of the event and SAB are the Silver Sponsors. Prominent supporters of the Festival include the South African Department of Arts, Culture, Science, and Technology; the Netherlands Culture Fund; and the City Of Cape Town.
Brigitte Mabandla, The Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, says that government recognises and appreciates the value the North Sea Jazz Festival brings to South Africa. She said:" Our partnership with the Festival demonstrates that arts and culture can impact positively on the economic development of SA as well as contribute to creating a pleasurable atmosphere, which is so necessary for human development.
The department is proud that the festival has created a platform where the best of SA artists, together with their international counterparts continue to shape the aesthetics of jazz. Once again we are looking forward to a successful and innovative line-up for 2003. I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate Rashid Lombard and his team on a job well done as was recognised by the Arts and Culture Trusts Awards."
Khanyi Mlambo (Director Group Sponsorships for Gold sponsor Standard Bank) outlined Standard Bank's continued commitment to the Festival and SA jazz: "As a long-term supporter of jazz, Standard Bank is proud to be a gold sponsor of this world class festival for the second consecutive year. The success of the South African leg of the North Sea Jazz Festival has exceeded all expectations and is now a well-established date in every jazz lover's diary. Standard Bank's first involvement in jazz dates back to 1997 at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Since then, our Joy of Jazz sponsorship programme has grown to include an extensive jazz circuit with festivals in many of the provinces. It showcases the cream of South Africa's talent together with some of the best international artists, while also giving our up-and-coming musicians a platform to perform. Adding the North Sea Jazz Festival to our annual programme of jazz activities was a natural progression in order to reinforce our commitment to the promotion of jazz in South Africa".
Speaking on behalf of Gold Sponsors MTN, Yvonne Muthien (Group executive - Corporate Affairs) reaffirmed the company's enthusiastic involvement in the Festival: "2003 marks the second year that MTN has been a partner in bringing the North Sea Jazz Festival to South Africa - a festival that is renowned for bridging barriers and embodying a spirit of togetherness. The support of the festival which embraces local talent, showcases MTN's commitment to sustainable development and we hope to continue to develop untapped talent and deliver great music to South Africans".
Victor Nosi, SAA Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communications, and spokesman for Gold Sponsors SAA explained the airlines' plans for the festival: "The NSJF offers a major tourist opportunity for Cape Town. Whether you like your jazz hot, cool, sizzling, or simply laid back, South African Airways will take you to an event where your taste buds will be satisfied. As a sponsor of the North Sea Jazz Festival we are privileged to be flying jazz fans from all over the world to this memorable occasion. It provides us with the opportunity to contribute towards arts, culture and tourism in South Africa. To make it easy for jazz enthusiasts travelling from Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, to Cape Town we have arranged special packages which include accommodation and car rental partners. SAA Traveller, an SAA product where passengers can fly with us or our domestic alliance partners, has prepared special packages which include accommodation and car rental, offering customers a great one-stop-shop service"
Representing the SABC, the Festival's official broadcasters, Dr. Ihron Rensburg (Director Corporate and Regulatory Affairs) said: "The SABC is proud to be associated with the North Sea Jazz Festival project. The SABC has given its support to this project since its inception and is proud to be the official broadcast sponsor of this prestigious annual event. Jazz music cuts across all the genres and the socio- economic spectrums that the SABC - as a public broadcaster - has to service within its mandate. It is one of the few art forms that appeal to both the young and the old. The SABC has - as a media partner - covered this event on an above the line campaign and has also given extensive coverage within its programming - like 'Technics Heart Of The Beat' and other one hour specials on Jazz. The SABC has further given its support on all news bulletins and has instructed its continuity presenters across the channels to endorse the event on air".
Leading jazz sponsors, Castle Milk Stout, are also proud to announce their Silver Sponsorship of the 2003 North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town. Tshihulwane Tshivhase, the Castle Milk Stout brand manager, believes the North Sea has become a special feature of the South African jazz calendar and is highly regarded by the jazz community: "It is a showcase of the best homebrewed jazz alongside the best international music, confirming our belief that South African jazz is world class. Our jazz strategy involves supporting platforms for South African jazz musicians to stage their performances and bringing the music closer to jazz lovers at large. In addition, because our consumers are important to us, we will be announcing some very exciting activities to make our sponsorship more interesting for them early in the New Year" concluded Tshivhase.
Tickets for the event are again available from Computicket and are still being sold at exactly the same price as they were for the first Festival - R235 (one-day pass), R360 (two-day pass). There will again be a token system in place for food and drink, and there will be additional refreshment outlets. The festival will again be disabled-friendly with ramps and raised platforms.
Details of travel packages and other info available from SAA at +27 11 978 1144 or www.flysaa.com or at the JAZZTIMES website at www.jazztimes.com. There is also a NSJF hotline at +27 83-123-JAZZ (or 5299) and line-up updates and other festival info can be found at www.nsjfcapetown.com.
For more information contact Thompson n Team (TNT)
Tel: 021 465 3314
Fax: 021 461 3669