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Thursday, August 7, 2014


The countdown has begun to a world-first collaboration of internationally renowned musicians in a unique fusion of music and cultural heritage. The inaugural World Jam Music Festival is set to take to the stage on December 6 and 7, 2014, and will bring together an exciting new concept of four themed music arenas for fans to indulge their musical senses across genres of Rock & Blues, Sophia Town & SA Stars, New Orleans Jazz and Ocean Islands.

Each day will conclude with a major international artist as a headline act on the main stage inside Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Craig Clay-Smith, media spokesperson for World Jam Music Festival, explains, “This is a premier world music festival, which will be Africa’s largest concert featuring headline international acts, popular South African artists and local up and coming artists through a unique development talent search program. World Jam Music Festival is proudly hosted by the province of KwaZulu-Natal as a true Zulu Kingdom Experience for the city and province”.

Karlton Kirksey of The International Arts Foundation in the USA, Director and Co-Producer of World Jam Music Festival, adds, “The unique structure of the two-day festival offers fans the opportunity to experience a wide variety of music, during a full weekend of acts across Jazz, Ocean Islands, Rock & Blues, Sophia Town, South African stars and headline international artists, playing in one of the five arenas dedicated to their music genre. Bands from Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad, the USA and UK and of course South Africa and especially KwaZulu-Natal will represent cultures of the world. The magnificent New Orleans Jazz arena will provide the flagship entertainment area, and will feature performances by some of New Orleans’ top artists to highlight the longstanding sister city relationship shared with Durban”.

“Going beyond music, festival visitors will be able to indulge in a variety of culinary experiences as a host of international kitchens are brought to Durban’s doorstep by authentic chefs,” said Beverley Theron, Festival Events Director. “A wide array of cultural exhibitions, activities, interactive areas along with New Orleans style brass bands and Mardi Gras float parades will bring the cultural diversity of the festival to life, and offer families and music fans a fantastic weekend of wall-to-wall entertainment, cultural diversity and music fusion.”

The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development & Tourism, Michael Mabuyakhulu, concluded: “Welcome to our beautiful Zulu Kingdom, we look forward to sharing this wonderful music and cultural experience with you”.

The World Jam Music Festival will be staged at Durban’s iconic and award winning Moses Mabhida Stadium and is planned to become an annual event on the South African and international entertainment calendar.

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