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Sweet jazz vibes in Tobago

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Sweet jazz vibes in Tobago

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Sweet jazz music took over Tobago when up and coming international artistes, coupled with the best local and regional acts took to stages across the island for the Tobago Jazz Experience 2012.
The venues ranged from a breezy beach to jazz on a hillside with a beautiful view of the island. Just like the venues, there was a variety of musical styles to keep audiences captured.  Many turned out to see three-time Grammy winner soul songstress, Angie Stone who was joined on stage by British soul and R&B singer and songwriter, Adele Emeli Sandé who dropped her first name so she would not be confused with her fellow countrywoman of the same name, who is making her own name in music. She knew she wanted to be in involved in music from a very early age and she first made her name as a songwriter for Alesha Dixon, Chipmunk, Devlin, Cheryl Cole, Leona Lewis and Tinie Tempah to name a few.  Janelle Monáe, the next international artiste on the bill for the Tobago Jazz Experience performed some of her popular songs including “Many Moons”, “Cold War and Tightrope”.  David Rudder, Kes the Band, Bossa Nova Jazz Link, Arturo Tappin and Master’s Minz among other big names in the local and regional music industry also made their way to Tobago to make the 2012 Tobago Jazz Experience one of the best ever.  The festival began with the free event, Jazz in the East. Action heated up on April 27 with World Music night at the Pigeon Point Heritage Park.  Pazazz took place on April 28 at the same venue and the festival rounded up with Jazz on the Beach over two days at the Mt Irvine Beach Facility.  This is the fourth year for the Jazz festival which also featured the food and culture of Tobago. (NSH)