Skopje Jazz Festival
Photos: Omar Sosa, courtesy of Otá Records (www.melodia.com)
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|Country and Region||Macedonia — Kisela Voda|
|Type of Festival||Music|
|Location of Festival||Skopje, Kisela Voda, Macedonia|
|Festival Contact Information|
Skopje Jazz Festival
The Skopje Jazz Festival features performers of international fame and significance in the world music scene. Previous performers include: the jazz legend McCoy Tyner, the African attraction Femi Kuti and his Positive Force, and the Brazilian star Rosalia de Souza.
|Festival Dates||October 20 - 24, 2011|
Artist feature 2010:
- Omar Sosa Afreecanos Quartet
Performance — Thursday, October 21, 2010, at Universal Hall at 8:00pm
- Omar Sosa is a musician extraordinaire — composer, arranger, pianist, percussionist, improvisatore, communicator. His Afro-Cuban based mix of jazz and world music is broadly expressive - full of power and passion, subtlety and grace. Omar draws from each culture he touches the energy and storytelling of hip-hop, the free-spirited experimentation of jazz, the heartfelt emotion of an Afro-Ecuadorian choir, the sensuality of popular Cuban music, the hypnotic trance of Gnawa ritual. The result is a modern, urban music with a Latin jazz heart. Born and raised in Camaguey, Cuba, Omar Sosa studied percussion for many years at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Musica in Havana. When he couldn’t find his first-choice instrument the marimba he began to focus on the piano, finishing his formal studies in 1984 at the Instituto Superior de Arte, also in Havana. In the late ‘80’s, having studied everything from Afro-Cuban folkloric traditions to European classical music, he began working with two Cuban pop singers - first Vicente Feliu, then Xiomara Laugart and helped jump-start a Cuban hip-hop scene in the early ‘90’s through his collaboration with Cuban rapper Ofill. For more information visit http://omarsosa.com/, or for complete concert information, please visit http://www.melodia.com.
Articles and Reviews:
- Skopje Jazz Festival opens (MPT online, October 22, 2009)