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.


Mayor's message



The Kriol Jazz Festival (KJF) has already cemented its position as Cape Verde’s most important musical event, whose notoriety and international impact have led it to be considered one of the twenty-five best World Music festivals on the planet.

This year, the KJF pays homage to Morgadinho, one of the greatest exponents of Cape Verdean music.

As with the previous editions of the festival, the city of Praia is getting ready to enjoy unique moments of quality music of different nations and origins, as well as musical fusion, workshops, exchanges of experiences and healthy conviviality involving musicians, producers, journalists, visitors and an audience that has proven to be up to the grandeur of the festival.

I wish everyone a good festival, a good stay among us here in Praia, and an atmosphere of peace, harmony and joyousness.

So here’s to the 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.



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