Cape Town - While it was a sombre weekend for SA on an economic and political front, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival kept up the spirits by showing off some of the best SA - and the international jazz music scene - have to offer on a cultural note.
The Mother City was awash with jazz fundis and funky soul masters as the 2017 CTIJF kicked off in Cape Town on Wednesday, 29 March, and rocked music lovers until Sunday, 2 April 2017.
And the organisers pulled out all the stops as the music ranged from puritan jazz to jazzy sounds infused with ancestral roots and urban beats - including acts such as saxophonist, producer and composer Kamasi Washington, Grammy-nominated songstress Andra Day of Rise Up fame, as well as vocalist, pianist, composer and music educator, and two-time Metro Music Award winner Nomfundo Xaluva for SA.
As the festival ended, organisers hailed this year's event as an outstanding success which exceeded all expectations.
A highlight, as always, was the Free Community Concert, kicking off the festival at Greenmarket Square on Wednesday. The famous market plain hosted thousands of listeners - a mix of young and old, tourists and locals.
This is what the Free Community Concert looked like -
Now in its 18th year, the actual festival saw more than 40 international and local artists perform over the five days at the International Convention Centre.
Check out some of the highlights -
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