Did you know?
Cape jazz is a blend of Khoisan and Cape minstrel vernacular music, American jazz, Afro-Brazilian rhythms, and influences from Europe and Asia.
What’s a Cape jazz safari like?
Imagine jazz legends like Miles Davis or Earl Klugh extended an open invitation to you to come over to their house, hang out with their family and friends, and listen to them blow, strum and jam just for you – well, it’s like that.
Only, possibly, a Cape jazz music tour is even better, because on this urban music encounter you’ll experience Cape jazz genres that few locals have enjoyed firsthand.
Led by a guide, usually a local jazz aficionado, your Cape jazz safari starts at the offices of the tour operater, Coffeebeans Routes, at 70 Wale Street in central Cape Town. Here guests are given an introduction to Cape jazz, a history that includes jazz greats like Abdullah Ibrahim and Basil Coetzee who translated the heartache of an oppressed nation into melodies.
Then, they depart by minibus to venues across the city. First stop will be the home of a jazz musician and a light meal before ending the evening in another home or for the final set at a jazz club. Swinger's jazz club in Lansdowne and the Mahogany Room in central Cape Town are regular stops for the late set.
Scheduled tours take place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and are limited to 12 people. Even if there's only one person wanting to go on tour, the organisers will take them out.
Theory says, your tour lasts four hours, meaning you’ll be home around 11.30pm. Reality says, you won’t want your Cape jazz safari to end.