Call for entries – espYoungLegends Competition 2018

espYoungLegends Competition 2018 

CALL FOR ENTRIES: espAfrika invites unsigned musicians to apply to perform at the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival 

Cape Town, 14 September 2017 – Now in its third year, espYoungLegends continues to attract exceptional South African musical talent.  The competition is aimed at providing a spot in the limelight for unsigned, jazz-inspired bands of two to six members, where the winner will perform at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2018, taking place on 23 and 24 March 2018.  Past winners of the competition include Cape Town’s own Lana Crowster and Eastern Cape’s VuDu, who have both gone on to achieve entertainment excellence throughout South Africa and beyond.

espYoungLegends Competition 2018

Your vote counts – In the first two iterations, the ultimate winner was selected by a panel of music experts, but this year, espAfrika is leaving the final decision up to the music fans.  Public voting for the Top 20 contenders will take place between Tuesday 10 October and Monday 16 October 2017.  Once the shortlist has been announced, public voting will get underway to select the next espYoungLegends titleholder – bookmark Tuesday 24 October 2017 to midnight on Monday 30 October 2017 to make your voice heard. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 31 October 2017 via social media and

With the submission deadline looming, the heat is on to get applications in! Closing date is Friday 22 September 2017.

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About espYoungLegends

espYoungLegends is a unique online competition that takes place annually brought to you by espAfrika (Pty) Ltd and Cape Town International Jazz Festival. After a fantastic debut year with winner Lana Crowster, and second annual winner VuDu, it’s time to begin the search for the next unsigned jazz-inspired band to perform at #CTIJF2018! Our goal is to find an outstanding, talented band of 2 – 6 members. The winner will perform at #CTIJF2018 on Friday 23 or Saturday 24 March 2018. We’re looking for undiscovered gems with raw talent and the full package to join our line-up and rub shoulders with musical heavyweights.

Bands with high performance standards, quality of musicianship and a strong focus on pushing their career forward, are welcome to apply!

About espAfrika 

espAfrika is a global leader in creating and producing unique entertaining experiences. With nearly twenty years in the industry, the company is one of the most highly-awarded event management and production organisations in South Africa. espAfrika thrives on realising clients’ ideas and creating exceptional concepts that are relevant and engaging to today’s audiences. espAfrika owns and manages annual events such as the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which attracts festinos from around the world. espAfrika is a proud subsidiary of African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI)

About The Cape Town International Jazz Festival 

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) is the flagship event for Cape Town-based, global events management and production company espAfrika.

Affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival remains the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. 2018 will mark the 19th staging of this world-renowned event, famous for delivering star-studded line ups of international and local artists sourced from the rich spectrum of jazz and jazz-related genres. The event is hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), on the last weekend of March or the first weekend of April, each year. The festival boasts multiple stages with over forty artists performing over two nights, and plays host to more than 37, 000 music lovers.

Underpinning the event is an established and highly regarded outreach – the CTIJF Sustainable Training & Development programme-  that aims to uplift and educate the South African youth, exposing them to music, events, entertainment industry skills, as well as much needed life lessons.


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