In 2016, Curaçao North Sea Jazz festival opens magnificently with free concerts at the World Trade Center site. The organization proudly announces that none other than Juan Luis Guerra and Kassav' will perform during the opening concert on Thursday, 1 September 2016. More information on the distribution of tickets for the free concert will be announced later.
It will be the third visit to the festival for audience favorite Juan Luis Guerra. In 2011 and 2014, the Dominican ‘king of merengue’ also attended and gave great performances that are still being talked about today. He alternates merengue and salsa with bachata mixed with Afro-pop, jazz, and folk songs. For nearly 30 years, Juan Luis Guerra has been one of the most respected Latin artists in the world. With over 30 million records sold, 15 Latin Grammy Awards, two Latin Billboard Awards, and two Grammys, he still leads the charts.
The organization is also very happy to welcome back Kassav' this year. When Pierre-Edouard Décimus and Freddy Marshall introduced the zouk genre with Kassav’ in 1979, they could never have predicted how successful the band would be. By bringing their favorite music Carnival with a modern twist, influenced by, among others, rock, this new music genre was born. In no time, the Caribbean, but also Africa and Southern Europe were at their feet, and the success continues to this day. That also became apparent when Kassav' came to Curaçao for the second edition of the festival. The zouk formula is still immensely popular.
More information about ticket sales and program will be announced shortly.