After an exciting round of public voting that generated over ten thousand votes, organiser of the third annual espYoungLegends online talent search, espAfrika, is pleased to announce the Top 5 finalists.  The winner, selected by the public, will perform at the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival, taking place on 23 & 24 March 2018.

“Selecting this year’s Top 5 finalists was no easy task! The variety of artists and talent was outstanding, each with their own merit and unique appeal. In the end, we narrowed down the Top 10 to five fantastic finalists with the full package, including three of the fans’ favourite contestants. I believe these artists have what it takes to entertain the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF)’s audience, and forge a successful, long-staying career in the music industry. Now it’s up to the festinos to choose the next espYoungLegends winner who will go on to perform at next year’s CTIJF.” – CTIJF Festival Director and espAfrika COO Billy Domingo.

Three of the Top 5 finalists selected by the espYoungLegends panel, were also the public’s top nominated acts. Confirming this, music impresario, Bev Scott-Brown, one of the espYoungLegends judges, said: “We were impressed with the overall standard of the entries this year.  The Top 10 did a great job with gathering their votes. The selection of the Top 5 was difficult, but we believe we have a good balance between the public favourites and the panel’s choices.  We are confident that any group out of the Top 5 selection will stand their ground at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.”

The espYoungLegends 2018 Top 5 are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  • Asanda Mqiki
  • Astrafunk & The Space Cats
  • Jarrad Ricketts
  • Just 6
  • Sylvester Aklamavo & Miton Fusion Band


Public voting to choose the overall winner is now open at and fans have until midnight on Monday 30th October 2017 to cast their vote – so make it count.

The espYoungLegends winner will be announced on Tuesday 31st October 2017 on and across social media.


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