Badu big drawcard at jazz festival

This year's jazz festival drew an eclectic crowd of all races, ages, nationalities and tastes.

Erykah Badu entertains fans on stage during the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Picture: Nolwazi Tusini/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Charles Mingus Jr, an American jazz musician, composer and civil rights activist, famously said "Let my children have music! Let them hear live music".

This wish was fulfilled for the thousands of revelers from all around the world who descended on Cape Town at the weekend for the 15th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF).

Music lovers from far and wide enjoyed performances from some of the world's most talented musicians.

With a line-up including jazz greats such as Abdullah Ibrahim and Jonas Gwangwa, the talented Jimmy Dludlu, and South African music's favourite new kids on the music block, The Soil and Micasa, this year's jazz festival drew an eclectic crowd of all races, ages, nationalities and musical tastes.

There is no doubt that this year's headline act, the indomitable and incredibly gifted American singer and songwriter Erykah Badu, was a huge drawcard for most of the audience.

The Grammy award winning "First Daughter of Soul", Lala Hathaway also gave an amazing performance at the Kippies stage, and had the crowd swooning to her smooth melodies.

Grammy nominees, Hiatus Kaiyote, a neo-soul quartet which formed in Melbourne in 2011, took to the stage and had the audience on its feet soon into their set.

The performance by DJ Black Coffee and friends on Friday night was also notable as he was the only artist to fill the Baseline Stage to capacity. There were so many people at the venue during his performance that some of the crowd had to be content with experiencing his skills from just outside the venue.

Attending the CTIJF is a pilgrimage that every music-lover should make at least once in their lives.