Grammy Award winner Angelique Kidjo will be the headline artiste for the 5th annual Jazz ‘n Creole Festival, Director of Tourism, Colin Piper, announced on Monday.
“It will be none other than Angelique Kidjo,” he said during a press briefing at the Evergreen Hotel.
Angélique Kidjo, is a Benin-born singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos.
She is fluent in Fon, French, Yorùbá and English, and sings in all four languages; she also has her own personal language, which includes words that serve as song titles such as “Batonga”. She now resides in United States.
Afro-funk, reggae, samba, salsa, gospel, jazz, Zairean rhumba, zouk, and makossa are among genres performed by the singer.
She is the first woman to be listed among “The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa” by Forbes Magazine.
The festival will run from June 4 – 8 2014 beginning with fringe events which culminates with the grand festival at Cabrits National Park.
The event has been labeled as a “fusion of Jazz and Creole music, food and culture” and ” a family-oriented affair.”
It also serves as an “avenue for showcasing local jazz artists next to regional and international performers. It is positioned to attract visitors from the French West Indies and wider Caribbean to Dominica,” Piper noted.
According to him, the event has been well received with over 1,500 patrons in 2013 who appreciated the inviting and casual ambiance of one of Dominica’s major tourism attractions.
Organizers are also hoping to have pre-fringe events but said this will be finalized at a later date.
The price for the festival is $75 for adults, while children between the ages of 12-18 will pay $25.
Children under 12 will enter the event free.
The fringe events are as follows:
-Wednesday, June 4 – Evergreen Hotel
-Thursday, June 5 – Anchorage Hotel
-Friday, June 6 – Fort Young Hotel
-Saturday, June 7- River Stone Bar and Grill in Belles
Piper said the objectives of the festival are: to develop the stage and stage an event that will become a marque festival tourism product and generate economic activity, drive destination branding and increase visitor arrivals.
He said Discover Dominica Authority is also partnering with Hike Fest, so persons can experience hiking in Dominica by day and by night experience jazz and creole at the various fringe events.