Below you can find the names that have been annouced thusfar. More more names and the time tables will be pubished in the coming months.
Thursday 29 August
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.
Friday 30 AugustNo acts have yet been announced for this day.
Saturday 31 August
American band Maroon 5 was founded as Kara’s Flowers when four members were still in highschool together. When they began as Maroon 5 in 2001, success arrived fairly quickly. From that four-member teenage band Maroon 5 have grown into a seven-piece hit machine, having sold over 20 million albums and received three Grammy Awards. Their debut album, Songs About Jane, became their big breakthrough and its successor, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, did even better. Hits were aplenty: Harder To Breathe, This Love, She Will Be Loved, Makes Me Wonder, Moves Like Jagger featuring Christina Aguilera… the list goes on. Their latest album, Red Pill Blues, was released at the end of 2017 and contained the number 1 hit single Girls Like You, featuring Cardi B. This past January, Maroon 5 had the honor of performing during the Superbowl Half-Time Show.
Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, known simply by his surname Ozuna, is a Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer. From an early age he had a passion for the Latin urban genre and at the age of twelve he started composing songs, debuting in 2012 as a singer with the song Imaginando. Nowadays, Ozuna has a whole list of hit singles, most of them collaborations with artists such as J Balvin, Daddy Yankee, Cardi B, Akon, Luis Fonsi, Bad Bunny, and Selena Gomez, among others. In early 2016, Ozuna rose to prominence for his appearance on the single La Ocasión, going from strenght to strength ever since. He has released two albums to date; 2017’s Odisea and 2018’s Aura, and won two Billboard Music Awards and three Latin American Music Awards, among others. In 2017, he made his acting debut in the film Que León.
Six years after making her debut in Curaçao the ‘Enpress of Soul’ is returning to the island. Gladys Knight began her career at a very young age: she won a TV talent show at age 7 and formed The Pips a year later. As Gladys Knight & The Pips the band was signed to the renowned Motown label and had most of their hits, such as I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Midnight Train To Georgia, and Baby Don’t Change Your Mind, in the 1960s and 1970s. At the end of the 1980s Knight started her solo career and found instant success with the James Bond title track License To Kill. She didn’t stick to just singing, but also made a name as an actress and entrepeneur, and did a lot of charity work. Her latest album, Where My Heart Belongs, was released in 2014 and is a bona fide gospel album, on which The Pips also performed. Knight now has seven Grammy’s and numerous other awards to her name.
Jamaican band Third World celebrated its 45th anniversary last year. Founded in 1973 by former members of Inner Circle, the band quickly made a name for itself. Calling themselves ‘Reggae Ambassadors’ and describing their sound as reggae fusion, Third World mix reggae with many other genres such as soul, funk, and disco. Their biggest hit to date was 1978’s Now That We Found Love. Their success has brought them all over the world and put ten Grammy nominations to their name. And speaking of names: most bandmembers are known for their nicknames, such as Stephen "Cat" Coore, Richard "Bassie" Daley, Tony "Ruption" Williams, and Maurice "Smooth Lion" Gregory. The band is rounded out by AJ Brown and Norris Webb. Their latest single, Loving You Is Easy, was produced by Damian Marley and released earlier this year.