Delheim’s Mini-Jazz Festival in the heart of the winelands returns

Celebrated Stellenbosch wine destination Delheim Estate is proud to announce the return of its top-notch Mini-Jazz Festival and a line-up of some of the best South African talent. Hosted in partnership with the renowned Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA), the popular jazz-and-fondue events will take place every Sunday from 3 July until 28 August this year.

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“We’re incredibly happy to welcome back fantastic musicians and the fans after the temporary, pandemic-related hiatus,” says Delheim’s executive director Nora Thiel. “The jazz has certainly become as big a highlight as, if not bigger than, the cheese fondues we traditionally serve as part of the event at this time of the year.”

“Delheim is one of the mainstays of the Cape Jazz calendar,” says CTMA’s projects director and Cape jazz dynamo Luvuyo Kakaza. “With some of the hottest talent of the local scene scheduled to play, it is going to be another cracker for jazz lovers.”

Inevitably, it’s the first act that sets the tone and there are few better to herald the season at Delheim than Hassan’adas. Under leader multi-instrumentalist John Hassan, this ensemble, to perform on 3 July, blends original African rhythms and sounds with influences from musicians all over the globe to create a unique jazz sound. John’s extensive performance background includes collaborations with Miriam Makeba, Stimela, Hugh Masekela, Brenda Fassie, Manu Dibango, Moses Molelekwa, Simply Red, Sibongile Khumalo, Jimmy Dludlu and Loading Zone.

John Hassan
Ramon Alexander

On 10 July, it’s the turn of pianist and composer Ramon Alexander. This ensemble has performed at numerous local and international music festivals, notably the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Borneo International Jazz Festival, the Darling Music Experience, as well a residency at No Black Tie Jazz Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2019. Alexander has two albums to his credit and in addition to his performances, he is also a jazz lecturer at Stellenbosch University.


Accomplished jazz singer and songwriter Babalwa Mentjies follows on 17 July. She has performed in various venues and festivals, and with well-known musicians including Feya Faku, Neil Gonsalvies and Sazi Dhlamini. The Quartet at Delheim comprises George Werner (piano), Bongani Sotshononda (chromatic Marimba) and Carlo Fabe (drums).

The complete line-up

  • 3 July: Hassan’adas Quartet
  • 10 July: Ramon Alexander Quartet
  • 17 July: Babalwa Meintjies and quartet
  • 24 July: Mark Fransman Homage Quartet
  • 31 July: Bongani Sotshononda Quartet
  • 7 August: Sean Sanby Quartet
  • 14 August: Thandeka Dladla and trio
  • 21 August: Keegan Steenkamp
  • 28 August: Nobuhle Ashanti

Tickets cost R450 per person and include live entertainment, complimentary Glühwein on arrival, cheese fondue for two, including bread and vegetables, as well as a decadent treat to end the experience on a high note. Tickets exclude all beverages and meal add-ons. Bookings will be per pot – serving parties of two or four.

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