We would like to invite you to join us for the second Muizenberg Jazz Festival
at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg, Cape Town on 16th and 17th November 2018.

The line-up features 10 acts,
each performing for an hour over the course of the two evenings.

Book your tickets at Computicket.

The Team


Founder Chairperson and later Events Manager of the NPO ‘Hand-in-Hand Creatives’.

Ulla was born in Germany where she had a successful business. She later moved to Greece with her husband and worked in tourism and building. She has resided in South Africa since 2004 and worked passionately on creating remarkable jazz events. Her consistent collaboration with venues, musicians and the audience has earned her recognition in the jazz scene.

Ulla promotes regular Jazz performances at various venues in Cape Town most notably:

  • Foyer Sessions at the Masque Theatre, at 37 Main Road in Muizenberg,
  • The Museum Concerts in the South Africa Sendinggestig Museum, (aka the Slave Church) at 40 Long Street in Cape Town, and
  • Lapa Sessions at the i-Studios Lapa, at Maroela Road, Joostenberg Vlakte, (Kraaifontein)

Ulla received positive feedback for a Jazz Festival in Muizenberg. Through her events she met Muriel Marco and they joined forces to produce the inaugural event in 2017.


Muriel’s versatility and love for diverse music genres has broaden her horizon to the extent to be the co-founder of several projects and bands of contrasting music styles. She is acting as the manager of Blaze Function Band, Tucan Tucan, ND Project as well as managing the bookings for X-Music Entertainment.

Muriel is an active performer who has performed with different outfits at renowned festivals and events such as the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival (Rome), the Jazzathon, the Verao Amarelo Jazz Festival and Tunduro Festvial (Mozambique), The FIFA World Cup 2010 Final Draw Gala dinner, the World Economic Forum Gala dinner, The FIFA Fan Parks and Fan Jols, Rocking the Daisies, to mention a few.

She toured Southern African countries such as Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya with Tucan Tucan, Carambola, Cuba Libre and Tren Latino Band. She also toured Abu Dhabi with Blaze Band and Italy with Tucan Tucan.

As a composer, Muriel writes for film, TV and radio.

Muriel, together with Ghalik Jacobs, received a Golden Horn Award for best original composition for the movie “Confessions of a Gambler” and she co-wrote with Frank Paco some of the music featured in German movie “Glamour and Glory”.

Her compositions are being played in programs such as “Hectic 99” and renowned soap opera “Generations”. She was also finalist in the International Song-Writing Competition – World category with track “Esa Morena”.

Muriel holds a BMus in Arrangement and Composition with distinction in Ethnomusicology from UCT.


About the Masque Theatre

Tucked in between iconic Surfers’ Corner and Muizenberg Mountain Peak, the Masque Theatre’s proximity to main roads, highways, and public transport makes world-class entertainment easily accessible to all people coming from anywhere and by any means. 

The Masque Theatre comfortably seats an audience of 165 and is built and equipped to provide a high-fidelity, uninterrupted listening and viewing experience, making the Muizenberg Jazz Festival a formidable festival for listeners, musicians and spectators alike.


About the Muizenberg Jazz Festival

The vision for the Jazz Festival is threefold:

  • To provide a place for the artist and art form to thrive,
  • To thoroughly entertain the audience, and
  • To leave the surrounding community and audience enlightened, engaged and enriched. 

The line-up for 2018 will feature 10 acts each performing an hour long set over the course of two evenings, as well as a Jazz photography exhibition in the foyer of the theatre. There will also be a series of music workshops presented by some of the star performers which are free to attend.

This is the second Jazz Festival in Muizenberg, which builds on the success of the inaugural event in 2017. The festival this year promises to be another fantastic event! We are excited to bring world-class musicians to the audience in Cape Town, and look forward to welcoming you to the shows.


Master of Ceremonies

by Shervin Lainez

Our master of ceremony for the two day festival will be Nicky Schrire, a versatile and inventive vocalist and composer who has performed in South Africa and abroad with a variety of well-known musicians.

Schrire performance with her band at the 2018 Cape Town International Jazz Festival had journalist Gwen Ansell note that “[Schrire] is doing important work growing an authentic indigenous vocal repertoire that talks about us – and then singing it shrewdly and sweetly.” At the 2018 Suidoosterfees and the 2018 Franschhoek Literary Festival, she performed her suite Escape: The Ingrid Jonker Suite, which sees Jonker’s poems set to music arranged for string quartet and voice.

Schrire is based in Cape Town where she composes in multiple genres (including lending her voice to electronic outfit Card On Spokes’ 2013 EP “Lead Me To The Water”), performs, and lectures at the University of Cape Town in the Jazz Studies Department. She is also the presenter of the programme ‘Stepping Out’ on Fine Music Radio.

Photographic Exhibition

Jazz photographer Jeffery Abrahams

Jeffrey Abrahams is a senior high school teacher who left the teaching profession to explore his passion for photography. Initially a self-employed photographer and video producer, Abrahams joined Independent Media for an eight year stint as photographer, working mostly at the Cape Times. He currently works independentally as a professional photographer which a passion for the jazz genre.

Abrahams derives great pleasure from the performing arts, and a favourite hobby is to attend as many performances as possible, but he admits to the malady that’s common to many photographers: “I have difficulty fully enjoying something unless I’m peering at it through a lens. A picture not taken is such an awful waste, and it bothers me for a long time afterwards. Besides, when I’m shooting Jazz, I’m not just a passive consumer, I’m actively and creatively engaging with the artists, their emotions, the lighting and even the audience. For me it’s just so much more involving.”

Abrahams reminds us that “we are blessed with some of the most exciting musicians you’re likely to find anywhere. Their artistry is a source of great joy to many, and they need all the support they can get. Photography is my way of paying tribute to them.”


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