PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, February 2016 – Kreol Magazine recently attended the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival in Haiti and is pleased to announce coverage of the prestigious event and selected interviews with top artists in upcoming editions.
Background to the festival
The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and was held in the beautiful Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, from January 23 to 30, enticing jazz lovers from all over the world to come to the Caribbean nation’s balmy shores and have the time of their lives.
The musical extravaganza was established by the Haiti Jazz Foundation and is run as a non-profit event, with the aim of boosting music events in the country and promoting its musical heritage as well as encouraging tourism and understanding of Haiti in the Americas and beyond.
Countries and artists performing
The festival is a magnet for jazz artists in Haiti and from around the globe. This year, exciting new artists from Cuba and Panama took part for the first time, and in total there were 15 guest countries in attendance. An estimated 20,000 festival-goers revelled in sublime jazz performed at more than 30 concerts at 10 different locations, and they could also attend any one of 12 festival workshops that were held.
There were performances from the Oliver Jones Trio from Canada, the Thomas Siffling Trio of Germany and the ever-popular local group the Haitian All Jazz Stars. Rising jazz star Pauline Jean, from Haiti and the US, also took part, as did the Challengers from Haiti and the Cor des Alpes Quartet of faraway Switzerland.
Other notables included Pie Grande from Mexico, Agustin Moya of Chile and Jeremie Jones & Tanbou Lakaye from Canada and Haiti. Even Africa was represented, with guests treated to the colourful Jah Baba of Bénin. All brought their own distinctive jazz style to the event.
A time to vote too
The festival was held amid a presidential run-off vote in Haiti, and it offered the perfect opportunity for the country to promote its attractive business and trade environment to international visitors. The music industry also stood to gain from widespread exposure of the international event, as it was covered in media publications around the world.
Outcomes and success of the festival
The Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival seems to get better every year, and 2016 was no exception, a fitting outcome when it’s marking a decade in operation. Kreol Magazine’s editor, Georgina Dhillon, along with a photographer, witnessed first-hand the huge enjoyment guests both local and from overseas got from the live jazz events. Kreol Magazine declared the musical extravaganza a resounding success.
Georgina Dhillon, further declared:
“Kreol Magazine is thrilled to have worked with the International Jazz Festival, which was an absolutely incredible and life affirming ocasion. We’re pleased to inform Kreol Magazine’s readers that we are planning a series of features and interviews to promote this exceptional and world-class event.”
For more information about the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, please go to papjazzhaiti.org.
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