Set on the historic seafront lawn of the Galle Face Hotel in Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo, with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, the Colombo Jazz and Blues Festival is a fantastic musical experience.

Wed Feb 15 8pm–12pm

The first jam session at Galle Face Hotel with whisky tasting.

Friday Feb 17 8pm–12pm

The second jam session at the Galle Face Hotel.

Saturday Feb 18 and Sunday Feb 19

The main event.

Doors open at midday on both days, with live music and fantastic food and drinks. While away the afternoon in relaxed bliss, or dance your cotton socks off, the choice is yours.

Writes the Sunday Times: The lineup is the culmination of the festival’s commitment to bringing a diverse and unique group of jazz musicians to Colombo, all flown in courtesy of festival partner SriLankan Airlines, to deliver a collection of performances that includes, exciting new artistes, international and local jazz legends and groups all connected around presenting unique musical experiences in a first for Colombo.

Lineup includes:

Incognito

Incognito were originally formed by Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and Paul ‘Tubbs’ Williams in 1979. Both were the original members of the late-’70s disco-funk group Light of the World.

Whist Tubbs had been a contributing member of another L.O.T.W. off shot Beggar & Co, Bluey had formed Freeez with Jonny Rocca and Peter Maas, but throughout the time that they worked on other projects they would meet at Bluey’s house in North London to play music in a makeshift bedroom studio, for they both had a musical affinity and an undying love for funky jazz.

Imaani

I come from a musical family on both sides. My Mother’s family all played instruments and Aunty Amara Wickramasinghe was a famous classical singer who was celebrated throughout Sri Lanka and Asia. On my Dad’s side, my uncles had a band when I was growing up and I used to sneak into their rehearsals in my Grandma’s basement and long to be a part of it all”

Born of a Sri-lankan mother and Jamaican father It wasn’t until Nottingham born Imaani moved to London in her late teens, that a chance meeting with a record producer led to her first recording. Her first paid gig was dancing as a shadow in one of Jocelyn Brown’s videos. She never looked back!

Mud Morganfield

Morganfield has described the resemblance of the tone and timber of his voice to that of his father’s voice as a double edged sword. The similarity is evident in For Pops: A Tribute To Muddy Waters, an album on which Morganfield performs several Muddy Waters songs.

Morganfield launched his music career in blues clubs on the south side of Chicago, where he performed a mix of his father’s material and his own original works. Regarding his performances of Muddy Waters songs in addition to his own material, Morganfield says, “I started to sing to show the world that dad left me here. I love and am proud to sing his songs just like I love and will always be proud of him.

Sannie Fox

Sannie Fox is a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist hailed as a rock and blues queen of South Africa. She has taken her voice and her guitar to most major stages in the country and can be described as “belting out the blues like she was born in a Louisiana swamp” (The New Age)

Sannie currently performs under her own name in a rock/blues/pop/psych three-piece featuring Werner Von Waltsleben (drums) and Ryan McArthur (bass) and has released a 13 track debut album this year through record label Just Music, produced by Matthew Fink, entitled ‘Serpente Masjien’

Check it out here.

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