American artist, Andra Day set to rock Cape Town Jazz Festival

Cassandra Monique "Andra" Batie, popularly as Andra Day, is an American singer and songwriter from San Diego. Day debuted her album for Warner Bros, Cheers to the Fall in 2015.

The American singer has performed at the White House for Michelle Obama’s Better Make Room campaign, featured in an Apple TV spot with Stevie Wonder, and seen the song become one of the anthems for the Black Lives Matter campaign.

Day is headlined to perform at the 2017 Cape Town Jazz Festival. The singer says this is her first time in South Africa.

In my opinion, music is a God given thing. It's supposed to healing, it's supposed to be trans-formative.

Andra Day, American singer and songwriter

But music sort of helps you to wake up.

Andra Day, American singer and songwriter

We really affect change even though it's like 'oh i'm just writing a song'.

Andra Day, American singer and songwriter

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) one of the largest jazz festivals in Africa kicks off in South Africa on Friday.

The festival will feature South African, African and international artists. Affectionately referred to as "Africa's Grandest Gathering", the CTIJF will run for two days with a mix of jazz performances from stars including Manu Dibango (Cameroon), Jonas Gwangwa (SA), Judith Sephuma (SA), Kamasi Washington (USA), and Andra Day (USA), among others.

Listen to Day chat about putting together her album and meeting the Obama's:

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