iciHaiti - Guadeloupe : «Follow Jah» under the spotlights at the IloJazz Festival
Extension of the former "Jazz à Pointe-à-Pitre" festival, the ÎloJazz Festival, Carrefour of creole musics existes since 2009. It is supported by the Abymes, Baie-Mahault and Pointe-à-Pitre agglomeration community in order to support and enhance the practices of Guadeloupe's professional artists while promoting the development of amateur practices.
This Festival offers the opportunity to discover the different components of jazz with a rich stage, composed of American, European or African artists, but also Caribbean : Caribbean Jazz, Jazz, Funk, Groove, Gospel, Creole Jazz, Afrobeat, hip hop, New Soul, etc...
This year, among many international artists, the IloJazz festival invited the walking band "Follow Jah" to ensure the parade from the center of Pointe-à-Pitre (Place de la Victoire) until the Quartiers Sud-Est in parallel with the Karabé Akoustik Jazz evening at the ACTe Memorial on Tuesday 6 December.
The next day, musicians will meet students from Pointe-à-Pitre schools in partnership with Cap Excellence's Public Reading and Multimedia Network. This short stay in Guadeloupe will also be an opportunity to meet Carnival groups and other local artists.
Learn more about "Follow Jah" :
"Founded in February 2001, the walking band Follow Jah operates in Pétion-ville, on the occasion of the Carnival and other traditional and community festivals. Since 2010, it has begun to diversify its by multiplyingexperiences, under the auspices of the Caracoli association: it has made numerous animations, notably for the International Festival of Jazz of Port-au-Prince and created a specific repertoire for the scenethat it has presented in Haiti and abroad. It has collaborated with numerous local and international artists, including the singer Emeline Michel, the American saxophonist Paul Austerlitz and the Belgian fanfare La Nouvelle Flibuste. It has created a pedagogical workshop around the music of the rara and of walking bands that it regularly disseminates on request."
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