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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.

Interview
Photo: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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