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Tuesday, 18 August 2009 00:00
Barranquilla – ever warm spirited and festive – opens its doors for the entire world to be present at Barranquijazz 2009, a multiethnic event particularly close to the cultural wealth of the Caribbean.
Twelve years after a small group of jazz lovers decided to hold the first edition of Barranquijazz, the event has gathered so much importance that many people consider it the second carnival on account of the interest it awakens in Barranquilla’s inhabitants and the numerous public that arrives to attend the concerts of this musical expression born in the United States, yet with a strong influence from African music.
Following the guidelines of previous editions, Version 13 brings a roster of excellent artists who will get together in various venues determined by its organizers, such as the Jumbo, the Amira and the kiosco del Amira, where the public can attend free of cost the event called Barranquijazz on the Street.
Musicians from Colombia and several countries in America and Europe will give their presentations of jazz and other fusions and subgenres such as Latin jazz.
Although the roster of artists is vast, the presence of the following deserves to be mentioned: Habana Report and Omara Potuondo from Cuba, Ahmad Jamal and the Yemajazz Project from the United States, Joao Bosco from Brazil, Rik Mol from Holand, and Colombian Samuel del Real.
Barranquijazz is a festival organized by the Fundación Cultural Nueva Música, whose directors pioneered this important cultural encounter between Colombia and the Caribbean.
Samuel Minski and Antonio Caballero are two of the creators who have made it possible for artists of the stature of Cucho Valdés, Diego El Cigala, Bob Berg, Papo Vasquez, and Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernández to be part of the history of Barranquijazz.