After launching in 2009, with following editions setting the festival as a reference, Kriol Jazz Festival - Praia is back in 2014 for the 6th edition from April 10th to the 12th. Discover a selection of the best artists from the creole world for a program based upon exchanging as much on a musical level as on a human level.
Organized by Harmonia Lda in partnership with the council of Praia, the Festival's main objective is to promote the Creole-inspired music from all the islands, whether in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Cape Verde, or Africa, the cradle of Creole.
This project is absolutely unique and innovative for Cape Verde, where such event never had been organized.
This year will be the 6th edition of KRIOL JAZZ FESTIVAL (KJF).
Annually held in April the event is brought up by a partnership gathering the city of Praia and Harmonia, Lda.
KJF is recognized for the quality of its organization, production and artistic choices laking the festival a major event in the cultural agenda of Praia.
The international reputation of KJF has grown much throughout the years. It is a scene of Creole inspiration, gathering artists from Cape Verde, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and Africa, also interacting with American and European music, a fusion called creole Jazz.
Numerous international artists, producers, media and specialized press reps from different countries have already taken part to the festival. In 2012 and 2013, Kriol Jazz Festival was recognized listed in the top 25 best world music festivals by British magazine Songlines, confirming KJF is on the good path becoming a main reference in the network of world music festivals.
For the city of Praia, KJF represents an opportunity to grow in fame through the world while providing his residents with good music, culture and entertainment.
Here we go for another year, have a good Kriol Jazz Festival!
Ulisses Correia Silva
Mayor of Praia.
The Kriol Jazz Festival - Praia is an annual festival that takes place in April on the island of Santiago, the program spreads over three days. The audience is as well local as targeting international public. April being a month of high tourist traffic, the period was chosen to attract the widest audience possible.
The four first editions offered an international schedule including artists such as Lenine, Ba Cissoko, Ralph Thamar & Mario Canonge, Jacques Morelenbaum, Manhattan Transfer, Ballake Sissoko, Vincent Segal, Sia Tolno, Manu Dibango, Cindy Blackman-Santana or Maraca Latin All Stars among others.
Based upon the international reference jazz represents, this project aims at creating a cultural meeting relying on Creolity. Thus, besides the concerts, a series of workshops will be offered around the same idea, allowing everyone to share its experience, expertise and approach.
As 2012 and 2013, the festival will open on a free night offering the performances of new talents. The two other nights will be as usual, opened by a Cape Verdean artist, followed by the shows of international artists.
Moreover, the jam sessions having become an institution of the Festival, they will be part of the program again in 2014.
Tickets for this sixth edition will be available for 1000ecv (standing) and 1500ecv (sitting) per night, the first day being free.