Calabar International Jazz Festival Returns To Light Up Easter

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

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 Ebony life 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 are 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 concert will light up the night at Calabar 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 sculptures curated by Terra Kulture, in the large and imposing lobby.

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

  • Friday 18th 1) TimothaLanae 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 1) Hugh Masekela 2) Yinka Davies

Tickets start from just N15,000 per night and are available at Jumia.com. All-inclusive travel packages to Calabar (flights, hotel, concert tickets, after-parties and ground transfers are available from Leadway Travel and Tours (07042631730, info@leadwaytours.com). Sponsors include Bouygues Construction, NAIRDA, Moet-Hennessy, with more brands expected to be announced later this week.

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