• Escape to The Cape Town Jazz Fest with Simon Rentner

    April 26, 2013. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    I just returned from the 14th annual The Cape Town International Jazz Festival -- the largest music festival of its kind on the continent.  Find out why the organizers call it "Africa's grandest gathering" on our weekly news show, The WBGO Journal.

    Later this month, WBGO will feature a variety of my special reports from South Africa, including this piece on NPRMusic's A Blog Supreme,where I showcased five jazz artists at this year's festival, including  South African pianist Ebrahim Kalil Shihab.

    Coming up on the next edition of The WBGO Journal, I tell the story of the Maboneng Precinct, which means "place of light" in Sotho.  This rapidly developing neighborhood is being built by one optimist developer and a team of young entrepreneurs and artists in the heart of Johannesburg.  Learn about these "Freedom Children" on May 3rd at 7:30p.m.

    Finally, the May 21 and 28 editions of  WBGO's The Checkout, a weekly new music magazine, will feature two hours of special programming dedicated to South Africa's swing scene and the Cape Town Jazz Festival.  Mark your calendars!

    The Cape at Sunset

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