Grammy-nominated Gretchen Parlato, Lionel Loueke and Jimmy Dludlu join star-studded jazz fest line-up

Gretchen Parlato and Lionel Loueke are set to perform at the 21st edition of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Supplied.

Gretchen Parlato and Lionel Loueke are set to perform at the 21st edition of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Supplied.

Published Apr 24, 2024


As excitement builds for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), two more acts have joined the illustrious list of top local and international performers.

Grammy-nominated vocalist Gretchen Parlato and acclaimed guitarist Lionel Loueke are set to serenade attendees on May 3 and 4.

The duo will perform their collaborative feature, “Lean In”, which saw Parlato being nominated for the Best Jazz Vocal Album at the Grammy Awards in February.

Festivalgoers will now hear the hit song, which musically narrates the tale of 20 years of connection, inspiration and friendship between two musical soulmates.

Loueke is a multi-award-winning artist and has been described by industry pundits as “the ultimate original who has reached levels of individual expression that most artists can only dream of.”

This is their first recording and while the pair have been described as exceptional when they perform individually, they are also known to seamlessly blend genres and push the boundaries of musical expression when they work together.

Parlato and Loueke will be joined by award-winning virtuoso guitarist Jimmy Dludlu, whose mesmerising melodies and infectious rhythms are set to entertain.

Award-winning virtuoso guitarist Jimmy Dludlu is set to perform at the Cape Town Jazz Festival. Picture: Supplied.

With his distinctive style rooted in the fusion of jazz with traditional African rhythms and melodies, the artist, commonly referred to as the “son of the soil”, has earned acclaim both locally as well as abroad.

These acts are set to form part of an impressive line-up which includes international stars and local talents in the jazz and jazz-related genres.

Lindsay Rhoda, the event’s head of talent, believes that each musician has something unique to add to the festival and that attendees, or “festinos” as they are affectionately referred to, are in for a sensory treat.

“Each artist on this year’s line-up brings a unique perspective and unparalleled talent to the stage, collectively embodying the spirit of creativity and innovation that has defined this festival over the years,” she said.

“This year’s festival is a representation of music that will appeal to jazz aficionados and those who are just beginning with their jazz exploration and journey.”

This edition will also introduce new talents, formats and four stages as organisers noted that this will be bigger and better than ever.

Meanwhile, the other artists rounding off the line-up include:

Bassist and composer, Benjamin Jephta. Picture: Supplied.

Benjamin Jephta

The bassist and composer fuses traditional and contemporary sounds as his music addresses themes of transformation, identity and unity.

Guitarist and composer Billy Monama. Picture: INSTAGRAM.

Billy Monama

The guitarist and composer’s music showcases the rich tapestry of South African guitar styles, from ghoema/Cape jazz to gqom and kwaito.

Kokoroko. Picture: INSTAGRAM


The London-based musical collective seamlessly blends jazz and Afrobeats to create a dynamic musical experience as they offer a sonic journey that transcends borders.

Kujenga. Picture: SUPPLIED


The Cape Town-based Afro-jazz band seeks to create meaningful connections through music, which explores themes of community, identity and collective struggle.

Mandisi Dyantyis. Picture: Instagram.

Mandisi Dyantyis

Through his music, Dyantyis aims to reflect the complicated human experience as he powerfully blends Afro sounds with soul and jazz.

Bokani Dyer. Picture: Instagram.

Bokani Dyer

Dyer's music is a reflection of his journey through South Africa’s multifaceted landscape as it explores themes of nationhood and identity.

Zoë Modiga. File image.

Zoë Modiga

Modiga's music challenges societal norms and inspires change as it fuses classic and jazz.

Other artists who are set to take to the CTIJF 2024 stage include:

Mi Casa. File image.

– Ami Faku (SA)

– Carlo Mombelli & The Prisoners of Strange (SA)

– Clint L (SA)

– Daliwonga (SA)

Darshan Doshi Trio featuring Mark Hartsuch and Tony Grey (India/US)

– Francesca Biancoli (Italy/SA)

– Hilton Schilder (SA)

– Jab A Jaw (SA)

– Judith Sephuma (SA)

– Mac G (SA)

– Matt Bianco (UK)

– Mi Casa (SA)

– Mononeon (USA)

Moonchild (USA)

– Nduduzo Makhathini Trio featuring Omagugu (SA)

– Radio Sechaba (SA)

– Mervyn Africa (SA)

– Thandi Ntuli (SA)

– Tunde of Lighthouse Family (UK)

– The Yussef Dayes Experience (UK)

Ticket information:

No under-10s and no pass-outs will be allowed at the event, which is cashless.

The general admission festival ticket at R950 per night, per person, which also grants access to the Kippies and Manenberg stages.

Surcharge tickets are in operation for the Rosies and Moses Molelekwa stages at R30 per person per show.

Please note that this surcharge is to manage capacity in the venues, which can only seat 1500 per show.

Festivalgoers must purchase a general festival ticket before they buy surcharged show tickets.

General admission and surcharge tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.