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Apr 17, 2015

Musicians, Artists and Engineers Register for 2015 Belize International Jazz Festival

The National Institute of Culture and History is adding yet another event to its yearly calendar…the Belize International Jazz Festival.  Over one hundred and sixty local and international artists and twelve engineers from across the country have registered so far with the festival and will be taking part in the annual event. The Belize International Jazz Festival will see a fusion of various styles with the unique genre of jazz and is expected to bolster cultural tourism. But there is also an educational aspect of the festival that will workshops held for participants to develop their skills in the art of playing and singing jazz. Today, the Institute of Creative Arts held a press launch and Artistic Director of the Festival, Carlos Perrote explained.


Carlos Perrote

Carlos Perrote, Artistic Director, Belize International Jazz Festival

“When we say about jazz, people think that it is straightforward jazz…no it is a combination of different types of genre. From Belize, we have Almost Seven and Ascenthium. They are not jazz bands, but if you remember, jazz is improvisation, jazz is create and the rock is one of the more close genre towards the jazz because they create and they improvise and then fusion displayed in their performance. Also for local band we have the Omolewa Osain; this project has five years of funding…they create their own form of music we call it “gubazz” it is Garifuna, Cubans, jazz. We also have the most prestigious band in Belize…it is called the Garifuna Collective internationally. We have also the Wolrd Cutlural Band from San Ignacio and also we have all the steel pan and drum orchestras of Belize—Pantempters, Pandemonium, Paneriffix, Grace Primary School and Paneriffix Junior. These steel bands are about sixty children, seven to twelve years old; so they will come together and play special item about jazz. That’s the most important thing. Internationally, we have nine bands. We have application for twenty. But the problem is that money is not there, so we have to try to limit thing because when we put on the website about the festival, a lot of people started to apply, but we really can’t afford some of the artists that want to come. But we have opened in the future so maybe we can bring them. But for now, we have special composure and singer and pianist—she is from Belize, but lives in London—Errolyn Wagner. She will be here with us. We also have two bands from Cuba; Morena Sound and Influential Jazz; they are one of the more younger jazz fusion group in Cuba.”

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