The “Printemps Musical” jazz and world music festival is an annual event. Each year the Luxembourg city plays host to an innovative programme featuring the best of jazz and world music, with international artists familiar to local audiences as well as some new faces worth discovering.
After 27 years, the festival has now established itself as a veritable evergreen and has become an essential institution in the Luxembourg culture calendar.
Akua Naru, the “First Lady of Global Hip Hop”, is back with a new European tour in 2017! After playing around 40 concerts in Germany alone in 2016, she is back in March 2017 with an extensive tour and shares a first insight into as yet unpublished songs. Akua Naru returns with a female Concious-Rap many believed had already been lost. Listening to only one of her songs you immediately realise that the musician has been on a long journey. A two-year jaunt, during which she repeatedly performed as a musician, first led her through Southeast Asia and China, before she concluded her tour in Germany. African rhythms and sounds, influences from jazz, blues and soul emanate from the smooth beats and together with Akua Narus’ expressive voice give a sound that is hard to escape. Comparisons with rap artists Lauryn Hill or Bahamadia are obvious.
Widely regarded as the “world’s greatest drummer” and revered for his musical ingenuity, jazz fusion virtuoso Billy Cobham reaches his seven-decade milestone as creative as ever, looking ahead to the next era in his lifelong artistic evolution with several visionary projects on the horizon.
The pioneering and versatile Cobham has contributed seminally as a master drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, educator, clinician and tireless musical explorer. With the same energy and exuberance he displayed in his youth, he forges ahead with an everpassionate commitment to innovation and service to the world through his music. Billy Cobham and the Luxembourg Jazz Orchestra will mainly perform excerpts from the internationally acclaimed album ”Broad Horizon”.
Rebekka Bakken has without doubt one of the most striking female voices in Europe. Her style includes several categories of music and she does not limit herself to “only” jazz. Her music can sound serene yet soulful, deeply immersed in an earthy Blues – even folk or country like. The Norwegian can sing over three octaves, but her artistic pursuit is not her focal point. Rather, for Bakken, her voice range is only a tool to convey her stories. As a singer-songwriter, her lyrics play just as much a role as her music. From the outset, Bakken inspired critics and audiences alike. For her debut album “The Art of How to Fall” in 2003 she received two gold discs in Germany and Austria. Since the brilliant start of her career, Rebekka Bakken has enjoyed success. Among other things, the Norwegian has won two additional gold discs in Germany, several ECHO jazz nominations and the Amadeus Award, the most important Austrian music award. The Norwegian has undoubtedly built up a loyal fan base over the years – and this year her fans can be particularly pleased. With a best-of programme and a tribute to Tom Waits, Rebekka Bakken will be on tour in the spring of 2017.
And many more…