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Teguise Tunes Up For Jazz Canarias

Wednesday July 6, 2011

Teguise Tunes Up For Jazz Canarias

This Saturday 9th July head to the old capital of Teguise for the Jazz Canarias open air free concert. Staged in the town's historic centre where the Sunday market is held, there will be three bands performing from 21.00 onwards.

The headline act is a young African chanteuse called Fatoumata Diawara, whose debut EP Kanou was released earlier this year to rave reviews. Singing from personal experience, Fatoumata's music combines her evocative vocals with acoustic guitar and African rhythms.

Ms Diawara has had to fight her parents opposition to follow a career in music and acting, establishing herself as an artist in the French capital after a move there from Mali. Although, in fact Fatoumata hails from Cote D'Ivoire originally.

Appearing alongside Ms Diawara on Saturday night are the Gangbó Brass Band and the Naya Band. The Gangbó Brass Band come from Benin and have developed a sound with similarities to the melodies of Fela Kuti, using traditional African rhythms combined with more jazz oriented brass music.

The Naya Band formed on the neighbouring island of Gran Canaria but the group is actually composed of musicians from Venezuela, Senegal and the Canary Islands. As a result, their sound marries Latin and African influences with aplomb and the Naya Band has been extremely popular since their formation in 2005.

Attendance is completely free and the first act takes to the stage in the Carpa Municipal, the large square behind the Church of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, at 21.00.

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