A whole lot of music lovers from world wide flocked to Saint Louis, Senegal this week to benefit from the metropolis’s thirtieth annual jazz competition.
There have been performances from 9 predominant acts on the occasion which held from June 2-5. A few of the extra notable artistes have been Senegalese griot Noumoucounda Cissoko and French-Martiniquais jazz bassist Sélène Saint-Aimé.
The competition, organised by the Saint Louis Jazz Affiliation, is often set amid a backdrop of colonial-style buildings. Horse-drawn carts transport locals and vacationers across the metropolis centre, situated on a 2-km-long island.
“There’s something very magical about jazz and one thing very nostalgic about Saint Louis,” stated Marc Lucet, a jazz fanatic who travelled from Nouakchott, Mauritania for the competition. “I believe they arrive collectively very, very properly.”
In the case of jazz, Lucet stated, it’s all about improvisation.
The occasion encompasses a distinctive fashion of jazz that mixes the traditional guitar, piano and drums with conventional West African devices such because the 22-string kora and the calabash, a percussion instrument product of dried gourds.
“It’s music that comes collectively when individuals come collectively, and we’re seeing this tonight – musicians from completely different continents and completely different walks of life who simply met one another, coming collectively and taking part in collectively,” Lucet stated.
The primary occasion passed off every night at Place Blaya, a central out of doors venue however dwell music and dancing continued into the early hours of the morning at a handful of native bars.
“The competition is about greater than jazz – it’s about encounters, sharing and neighborhood,” stated kora participant Ablaye Cissoko, who has spent most of his life in Saint Louis. “It’s the center of town. It’s our heritage.”