Some of the literary and music world’s biggest names will be at the Jahazi Literary & Jazz Festival 2012, when Stone Town, Zanzibar, hosts a variety of literary and music events. Started last year, Tanzania's first literary and jazz festival is making a name for itself and is quickly becoming home to the greatest celebration of writing in East Africa, with visitors flocking in from all over the African continent, as well as the rest of the world.
“Jahazi 2012 is bringing more amazing artists to Zanzibar this year. We are working hard to ensure that our artists and festival goers have a fantastic experience that they will never forget,” said festival co-founder, Abeid Amani Karume. From tomorrow to Sunday, Jahazi Literary & Jazz Festival will play host to topical talks, interviews, interesting debate, readings and writing and music workshops all provided by award winning writers and musicians.
Jahazi Festival’s Music Curator, Adel Dabo, said: “My dream is to take the level of local artists, and music lovers to a higher level by bringing the best musicians to Zanzibar.” Jahazi Festival’s Literary Curator, Jeffery Allen, said: "For this year's festival we have assembled an impressive group of established and emerging writers, who, one and all, have produced an important body of work about a range of timely subjects, both local and international.
Come or miss out." This year, festival goers will also have the opportunity to meet with their favourite authors and musicians at intimate VIP lunches and dinners at the exclusive Zanzibar Serena Inn, with tickets at just $30. You can easily book, or even view the full festival programme online at www.jahazifestival.com.
And while there is a wide variety of literary and music events taking place across Stone Town during the festival, festival line up include writers Tariq Ali, Jeffery Allen, Doreen Baingana, Haji Gora, Fatma Jinja, Billy Kahora, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Quincy Troupe and Lone Alice Johansen. Musicians are Aaron Rimbui, Grand Beats, jazz, Jamhunters, Moussa Diallo Quartet, Simon Spang Hansen& Rainbow Spirit, Tazano, Wakwetu Jazz band.