Previous instalments of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival showcased many outstanding performers. But in 2018, the event promises to deliver jazz in its purest form. Some of the greatest local and foreign jazz musicians will serve up their sounds at the Cape Town International Convention Centre next weekend. Mulatu Astatke is known as the father of Ethiopian jazz, with his music reflecting and expressing the unique landscapes of that country. Astatke was the first student from Africa to enrol at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. When he returned to his homeland, he developed Ethio jazz, which blended traditional Ethiopian music with Latin sounds. His appearance at the jazz festival is probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear his music live in SA. Louis Moholo-Moholo could be described as the shaman of spiritual escapism. If jazz were a martial art, he would be the master of chopping up concrete blocks with his bare hands. Known as top free jazz m...

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