Guadeloupe’s ÎloJazz Festival 2013


The fifth season of ÎloJazz Festival is here. Under the auspices of Cap Excellence and the communities of Pointe-à-Pitre and Abymes in Guadeloupe, the festival will take place from December 9 to 15, 2013. It will include several musical stage shows, master classes, concerts in the streets, film screenings, the kabaré and karaoke jazz. For a week, jazz will take over the city.

The sponsor of the festival is none other than Marcus Miller, who just completed his “Renaissance Tour” and has been named UNESCO’s Artist for Peace. The well-known bassist knows Guadeloupe well and has already been on the island in the past; he is happy to return to close the festival at Victory Square (Sunday, December 15 at 9:00pm).

Festival director Dominique Bérose has proposed this year to present his Carte Blanche. For this ambitious project, Dominique will first present the repertoire of his album Parcours, but will also share the event with saxophonist Luther François and guitarist Lionel Louéké of Benin. Carte Blanche will present an opportunity for an exchange and a lyannaj between Africa and the Caribbean at the tune of highlife, biguine jazz, and gwoka (Sunday, December 15 at 7:30pm).

For original article (in French), see

Also see Dominique Bérose speaking about the festival at

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