The annual Kgalagadi Festival taking place in Kuruman in the Northern Cape is a tool for giving more exposure to local artists in the John Taolo Gaetsewe area.

Thousands of revellers descended on the festival that’s in its third consecutive year.

The Kgalagadi Jazz Festival is creating a platform for various sectors such as tourism, exposure for artists in Kuruman and the John Taolo Gaetsewe District in the Northern Cape.

Organiser Wilie Reetsang says the three years have been filled with challenges as well as amazing support and lessons.

“This is definitely a platform for local artists. We hold workshops by renowned artists. We have featured people like Selaelo Selota and Heavy Tsoaeli, doing serious hard-core jazz.”

A local group, the Seiodin Jazz Culture, also performed at the festival. The group was established in 2010 and has seven members.

The live band performs at among others, private events, government functions and festivals. The group’s pianist Rapelang Antony says the Kgalagadi festival is very helpful for them.

“We are gaining more exposure to big people, like we have been working with Ngwao ya Chona and we have also released an album with Ngwao ya Chona.”

Organizers are hoping to get even more support and higher attendance for the festival.