Buena Vista Social Club and Brand New Heavies have been announced as headline acts for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, 2013, as part of the first 13 confirmed acts. The festival is to take place on Friday, 5 and Saturday, 6 April, 2013, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
For the first time, CTIJF audiences will be able to experience the Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portuondo (Cuba). A celebration of traditional Cuban music popularised in the members club with the same name in Havana, Buena Vista Social Club became an international success thanks to a widely acclaimed studio album release in 1997 and an Academy Award-nominated documentary, which captured their two live performances released in 1999.
Bassist, composer, singer, arranger and producer Victor Ntoni (SA) headlines the list of premier South African acts that will perform at the festival. Bra Vic (as he is widely known) is a musician of note on the South African music scene. At this year's festival Ntoni presents Iconoclast, featuring Khaya Mahlangu, Lawrence Matshiza, Lungile (Lulu) Maduna and Hilton Schilder.