Organisers of the Calabar International Jazz Festival have announced today the 3rd of April that Grammy-nominated R&B singer Keyshia Cole and the multi-talented songstress Asa have joined the already star-studded lineup scheduled for 18-21 April 2014.
Keyshia Cole is well-known in Nigeria for her hits ‘I Should Have Cheated’ and ‘Heaven Sent’, and her two BET reality TV series ‘Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is’ and ‘Keyshia and Daniel: Family First’. Asa returns after a triumphant performance at last year’s Festival, where she wowed the crowd, switching effortlessly between vocals, guitar, trumpet and some fancy footwork.
Conoisseurs of smooth jazz, R ‘n’ B and African dance music can look forward to 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. Dludlu was invited to return after a spell-binding show in 2013, while living legend Masekela is a frequent visitor who considers Calabar his ‘home away from home’. He will anchor a special Peace Concert, a private event hosted by His Excellency, Sen. Liyel Imoke, to highlight the futile and senseless killings around Nigeria.
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.
The confirmed line-up of artistes for the Calabar International Jazz Festival from 18th – 20th April is as follows:
· Jimmy Dludlu
· Salvadore Sango’
· Micasa Music
· Kunle Ayo
· Keyshia Cole
· Gwyn Jay Allen
Monday 21st (private event, by invitation only)
· Hugh Masekela
· Yinka Davies
Tickets are available on jumia.com
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