Martinique Jazz Festival

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Country and Region FranceMartinique
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Fort-de-France, Martinique, France
Festival Contact Information

Le Centre Martiniquais d’Action Culturelle

Festival Dates November 24 -December 2, 2011
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2011:
  • Omar Sosa Quartet
  • Tricia Evy
  • Mario Canonge
  • NoJazz
  • Serge Adam
  • Grégory Privat
Artist feature 2011:
  • Omar Sosa Quartet
    Performance — Saturday, December 3, 2011
    • 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, or for complete concert information, please visit


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