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Earl Sweatshirt Has Been Added to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2020 Lineup

Earl Sweatshirt is headed to South Africa.

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival recently announced the last phase of artists on this year's lineup. Among the likes of Judith Sephuma, Sjava, Ezra Collective and a few others, one name many people are excited about is Earl Sweatshirt. The emcee will bring his complex rhymes and stage antics to one of the festival's stages on its first day, March 27.


The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which is known as Africa's Grandest Gathering, will be celebrating 21 years of existence.

This year's lineup includes artists such as Lira, The Unity Band, Lady Zamar, Femi Koya, Joel Ross, Samthing Soweto, Abdullah Ibrahim, Grassy Spark and many others.

The festival will take place on the 27th and 28th of March at Cape Town's CTICC, a venue that's been its home since inception.

View the full lineup on the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and view information about the festival below.


Tickets:

General access tickets for the 2020 festival are available at Computicket at R999 for a Weekend Pass and R649 for a Day Pass.

CTIJF 2020 award-winning VIP hospitality packages are on sale now, with two-day festival experiences starting from R2 999 ex VAT. Contact Samantha Pienaar on 021 671 0506 or email hospitality@espafrika.com.

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My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

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