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Dare Art Alade, Hugh Masekela, Gwyn Jay Allen, Salvadore Sango, Others To Perform At The Calabar Int’l Jazz Festival



Following a successful debut in 2013, the Calabar International Jazz Festival, has announced this year’s lineup for an exciting Easter weekend.

Connoisseurs of smooth jazz, R ‘n’ B and African dance music can look forward to three nights of fabulous performances by Hugh Masekela, Liquideep, Jimmy Dludlu and Micasa Music (South Africa), Timotha Lanae (USA), Gwyn Jay Allen (UK) and local superstars Dare Art Alade, Yinka Davies and Kunle Ayo. Three more major international artistes are to be announced in the next few days, a statement from the Calabar International Jazz Festival announced Tuesday.

Speaking on behalf of broadcast partners MTV Base, Alex Okosi, Senior VP and Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa, said, “We’re happy to be broadcasting Calabar International Jazz Festival once again. It brings a different edge to MTV Base and provides our audience with an eclectic mix of music and great live performances from artistes who deserve more exposure.”

For EbonyLife TV, CEO and popular chat show host, Mo Abudu, said, “The Jazz Festival is another great reason for people to visit Calabar. It’s a fantastic addition to Nigeria’s live music scene and we’re looking forward to profiling such a fascinating lineup of artistes.”

Calabar Jazz Festival is the backbone of a great Easter weekend break for Nigerians, looking forward to escaping hectic city life in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. Calabar beckons with its reputation for being the cleanest, greenest and safest state capital in Nigeria. In addition to the concerts, there will be fun day-time activities and tours for all the family, fabulous VIP after-parties, and, of course, an opportunity to sample some of the local delicacies which have made Calabar famous with food lovers.

While the concerts will light up the night at Calabar’s Cultural Centre, with a glittering array of music stars, the venue will play host to an intriguing range of daytime activities. Music Meets Photography brings together some of Nigeria’s most promising creative photographers with an audience seemingly addicted to being ‘snapped’, against a backdrop of live jazz and local music. Art lovers will be able to visit a gallery of beautiful paintings and sculpture, curated by Terra Kulture, in the large and imposing lobby.

The confirmed line-up of artistes for the Calabar International Jazz Festival from 18th – 20th April is as follows:
Friday 18th

1) Timotha Lanae
2) Jimmy Dludlu
3) Salvadore Sango

Saturday 19th

1) Dare Art Alade
2) Micasa Music
3) Kunle Ayo

Sunday 20th

1) Liquideep
2) Gwyn Jay Allen

Monday 21st (private event, by invitation only)

1) Hugh Masekela
2) Yinka Davies

Tickets start from just N15, 000 per night and are available at All-inclusive travel packages to Calabar (flights, hotel, concert tickets, after-parties and ground transfers) are available from Leadway Travel & Tours (07042631730, [email protected]). Sponsors include Bouygues Construction, NAIRDA, Moët-Hennessy, with more brands expected to be announced later this week, the statement added.

Content Credit: TheWill

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