Thailand’s tropical island of Samui will debut its “Samui Latin and Jazz Week 2013” from September 29 to October 6, which will feature over 40 international and Thai artists spanning the Latin and jazz music spectrum, and performing at six different venues around the island. A main stage will be set up October 4-5 on Chaweng Beach at the beachfront Amari Palm Reef.
The event hopes to attract both local and international tourists to Samui just as the high season gets underway. The island is already popular for its annual Samui Jazz bash.
“The Koh Samui Municipality and the Tourism Authority of Thailand are collaborating on the ‘Samui Latin and Jazz Week 2013’. The island offers visitors and residents a smooth and smart way of living and we feel that the atmosphere here is better represented by Latin sounds than jazz,” said Naddapen Toommanon, adviser to the Mayor of Koh Samui and a festival committee member.
“Samui has never really had an event calendar as such so this festival will become part of the TAT’s annual calendar,” she added.
Artists featuring Latin American rhythms and electrifying percussion are coming in the form of Nando Vanin from Columbia, Dina Medina from Cape Verde, Amik Guerra from Cuba and Nils Fischer with Cabo Cuba Jazz.
American jazz vocalist Deborah Brown brings the sounds of Duke Ellington and George Gershwin, a Dutch jazz musician called “Lady Miles Davis” will be there – Saskia Laroo and her quartet Jazzkia performing a fusion of jazz, funk and dance. Peter Beets will perform songs from his new album “Portrait of Peterson”.
A plethora of other artists includes Judith Nijland and Rolf Delfos from the Netherlands, Nadia Basurto and Miguel Rodrigues from Spain, French pianist and singer Fabio Deldongo, and Thai saxophonisst Koh Mr Saxman and Changton featuring Buntita.
The Samui event is being held under the auspices of the Dutch Embassy, and the Netherland’s Amersfoort Jazz Festival and the Leusden Jazz Festival are partner events, which has resulted in a large number of Dutch artists coming to perform in Samui.
Naddapen says, “We want to make Koh Samui find more fame abroad and get the recognition of jazz lovers from all over the world.”
All the proceeds from the events will be donated to the Green Island Foundation in support of community-run projects on Samui. Image/Google Images