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Nigeria: Bayelsa Jazzes Its Festival Differently
(Published: December 02, 2013)

The inaugural Bayelsa International Jazz Festival organized by The State's Tourism Development Agency led by its Director General Mrs. Ebizi Ndiomu-Brown promises to be a clear departure from the norm in the entertainment and event circuit in the country. This is due to the inclusion of capacity building sessions which include master-classes, workshops and training for aspiring musicians, art journalists and tourism/culture enthusiasts.

The main performance itself climaxes on the 7th of December on two stages at the Gloryland Cultural centre and Peace Park Yenagoa and will parade a galaxy of seasoned Jazz and Jazz related home-based and international stars including Grammy Award Winners Earl Klugh and Lekan Babalola, Grammy Nominees Hugh Masekela and Femi Kuti, Gangbe Brass Band, Inspiro's NAIJAZZ Allstars band amongst others. The distinction in the programming for the Bayelsa International Jazz festival is not only the caliber of musicians performing but also the seasoned resource team gathered for the capacity building sessions that include award winners in journalism, tourism, arts/culture. These include veteran broadcaster and Jazz critic Benson Idonije, Ace photographer Tam Fiofori, leading Brand specialist James Agama, CORA Secretary General Toyin Akinosho, PR and culture advocate Muyiwa Moyela and a host of thought leaders in the arts and culture circuit.

Musicians like Hugh Masekela, Femi Kuti, Bright Gain, Adetayo Adedeji and others will be conducting classes on trumpet, guitar, drums, keyboard and others to young and aspiring musicians. The festival kicks off officially on Wednesday 4th of December in Yenagoa Bayelsa State. The master classes and trainings hold in the morning from 10am-2pm and Jam/performance session in the evening from 6pm at the Peace Park, Yenagoa, Bayelsa state. The Bayelsa international Jazz festival is organized by the Bayelsa State Government through the Bayelsa State Tourism Development Agency and powered by Inspiro productions Limited.

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