The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari returns to Grenada at the end of this month with a stellar line up of international, regional and local performers headlined by winner of the NBC TV show The Voice, Jamaican, and Tessanne Chin.
Chin takes to the stage at the Grenadian by Rex Resorts on Saturday, May 31st, with a dynamic show, The Voice of Tessanne Chin featuring the music that has made her our newest global Caribbean star.
The opening action that night is local singer and dancer Emily Rapier performing with her own band.
The Safari continues on Sunday 1st June, with the legendary Calypsonian, Relator. The former National Calypso Monarch of Trinidad and Tobago is considered one of the best extempo calypsonians on any subject, who also has a long series of outstanding compositions to his credit.
Joining Relator in a show called The University of Calypso is long time collaborator and world renowned master of the steel pan, Andy Narell (USA).
He is widely credited as the person who took the steel pan out of the steel band and brought it into the jazz band.
Together, they’ll perform classic tunes by Lord Kitchener, Lord Melody, Mighty Terror, Roaring Lion, and Spider, supported by a group of world-class Latin-jazz cats who can swing the calypso and blow jazz.
Also on Sunday, the young, and revolutionary string ensemble, The Alternative String Quartet from Trinidad bring their unique musical experience to the Safari line-up. The talented and trendy musicians have thrilled jazz audiences in Barbados, St Lucia and Tobago in recent times.
In a new initiative begun in Barbados this year, the NCJS will partner with local schools for an Open Sound Check Workshop.
There will be 36 students from selected secondary schools, who are interested in a career in music and entertainment.
The workshop aims to provide hands-on guidance, experienced advice and valuable developmental resources.
NCJS has invited Tessanne Chin and Andy Narell to share some of their time with the students during the sound checks.