Photos: 30th edition of Saint Louis Jazz Festival | Gallery

Lots of of music lovers from all over the world flocked to Saint Louis, Senegal this week to benefit from the metropolis’s thirtieth annual jazz competition.

There have been performances from 9 fundamental acts on the occasion which held from June 2-5. A number of the extra notable artistes had been Senegalese griot Noumoucounda Cissoko and French-Martiniquais jazz bassist Sélène Saint-Aimé.

The competition, organised by the Saint Louis Jazz Affiliation, is normally set amid a backdrop of colonial-style buildings. Horse-drawn carts transport locals and vacationers across the metropolis centre, positioned on a 2-km-long island.

“There’s something very magical about jazz and one thing very nostalgic about Saint Louis,” stated Marc Lucet, a jazz fanatic who travelled from Nouakchott, Mauritania for the competition. “I believe they arrive collectively very, very effectively.”

Relating to jazz, Lucet stated, it’s all about improvisation.

The occasion incorporates a distinctive model of jazz that mixes the traditional guitar, piano and drums with conventional West African devices such because the 22-string kora and the calabash, a percussion instrument manufactured from dried gourds.

“It’s music that comes collectively when individuals come collectively, and we’re seeing this tonight – musicians from completely different continents and completely different walks of life who simply met one another, coming collectively and enjoying collectively,” Lucet stated.

The primary occasion happened every night at Place Blaya, a central outside venue however reside music and dancing continued into the early hours of the morning at a handful of native bars.

“The competition is about greater than jazz – it’s about encounters, sharing and group,” stated kora participant Ablaye Cissoko, who has spent most of his life in Saint Louis. “It’s the center of town. It’s our heritage.”