These acts have been confirmed thus far. The timetable will be published when the line up is complete.
Juan Luis Guerra
Singer, songwriter, and producer Juan Luis Guerra is one of the best-known Latin artists of the last decades. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, he is considered a poet and a musician of the people in his home country, but his fame is spread far wider. To date, Guerra has sold over thirty million albums and won numerous awards, including 21 Latin Grammy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and two Latin Billboard Music Awards (plus a Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year). He does not limit himself to one style of music, but incorporates different rhythms like merengue, bolero-bachata, balada, salsa, rock ‘n roll, and even gospel. The Latin superstar has graced the Curaçao North Sea Jazz stages three times before (in 2011, 2014, and 2016), which sets a record: no other artist has been here as often. Guerra released his latest single in May, I Love You More, which preceded his new album, Literal.
Havana D’PrimeraCuban Timba band Havana D’Primera guarantees a swinging audience when they start to play. Founded by Alexander Abreu in 2008, the band was formed by a collective of musicians in the Cuban music scene, numbering 17 members in total. Abreu is considered one of the best trumpeters of his generation, and is also a skilled composer, singer, and bandleader. Many consider the band’s hit single Me Dicen Cuba the new national anthem of Cuba. Havana D’Primera have been at Curaçao North Sea Jazz before: in 2016 they were part of Sergio George’s project The Cuban Affair. Fusing rhythms across salsa, jazz, funk, and Afro-Cuban, the band have released four studio albums so far. The latest is 2018’s Cantor Del Pueblo, which landed them their second Latin Grammy nomination for Best Salsa Album
Aymée Nuviola, nicknamed ‘La Sonera del Mundo’, is a well-respected singer from Cuba who trained at the Manuel Saumell Conservatory in Havana. She was greatly fascinated by bossa nova and salsa as well as the music of Debussy. Nuviola is one of the biggest Cuban stars of today, and she even recorded a song with American legend Jackson Browne. Moreover, she played her idol Celia Cruz in the telenovela Celia. Nuviola's mother taught her to play the piano at the age of 3, and when she was 9, she started singing professionally with her sister Lourdes as The Nuviola Sisters. Aged 15 she and her sister joined the famous Cuban orchestra Pachito Alonso y Sus Kini Kini. As a young singer Nuviola moved to Miami where her solo career really took off. In 2018 she won a Grammy for her album Como Anillo Al Dedo.