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Fête de la Musique - World Music Festival 2016, A Hit

Published:Sunday | June 26, 2016 | 6:00 AM
Seretse Small

"Music is the universal - language of mankind." (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

These words proved true on June 19 when over 100 patrons, representing a mix of backgrounds and nationalities, gathered at the Fete de la Musique (World Music Festival) hosted by the Alliance Francaise de la Jamaique, in collaboration with the Embassy of France and the Kingston on the Edge Urban Arts Festival.

The festival, which started in France, has become a calendar event in Kingston, thanks to the efforts of the Alliance Francaise.

This year, Club India was transformed into a concert hall, with an impressive list of professional and amateur musicians performing from an equally impressive variety of musical genres.

 

Soulful music

 

The air was filled with soulful R&B, reggae, French pop-rap, jazz and more.

Several of the amateurs used the occasion to perform original pieces. The young duo of Soraya Dabdoub and Julia Thwaites had patrons rocking to their soulful R&B and guitar performance.

Accomplished guitarist Maurice Gordon performed a crowd-pleasing set with a few of his students. Then there was Seretse Small, accompanied by Maurice Gordon on bass, Desi Jones on drums, Adrian Hemans and Harold Davis, both on keyboard, delivering a set that wowed.

Several live bands were in the line-up, including Earth and the Fulness, Zema, Kamau Imhotep, Rebel Nation, Royal Blu and Relinx.

The show was brought to a close by the World Sound Band some time after 11 p.m.

This year's festival was sponsored by Total Jamaica Ltd, the CHASE Fund, Nationwide News Network, and CB Foods.