The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari Moves on to Grenada

It will be a jazz adventure like none other when the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari makes its third stop this year, this time in “the Spice Isle– Grenada on June 29 and 30.

The Grenada leg of this travelling festival that has been dubbed a “thrilling Caribbean musical ride” follows on from successful shows in Barbados and Antigua for the inaugural Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari. The Grenada event which will take place on the exquisite lawns at Mount Cinnamon will feature energised live performances of quality international and regional jazz acts including two excellent Grenadian artistes.

The featured artistes are top international singer and Grammy Nominee, Shontelle, Sean Thomas with the legendary proponent of calypso jazz, Clive Zanda from Trinidad, Dereck McKeith guitarist and R&B singer from the US, C4 jazz collective from Barbados along with Grenada’s own Zack Bernard coming home from the US where he has excelled on the jazz scene and Quiet Fire featuring the sultry Jenny J.

The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari is the brainchild of Tom Hinds, well known promoter of jazz events at his scenic Naniki Restaurant in St Joseph, Barbados.  Hinds said that the safari concept was based on moving quality jazz performances to idyllic venues across the Caribbean, and thereby enhancing both the local cultural landscape and the tourism product.  He noted that the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari would allow local and regional artistes to perform with their international counterparts at home and provide educational opportunities for local music students through a workshop and guitar donations that will take place in partnership with the Travelling Guitar Foundation.

The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari is the brainchild of Tom Hinds, well known promoter of jazz events at his scenic Naniki Restaurant in St Joseph, Barbados. Hinds said that the safari concept was based on moving quality jazz performances to idyllic venues across the Caribbean, and thereby enhancing both the local cultural landscape and the tourism product. He noted that the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari would allow local and regional artistes to perform with their international counterparts at home and provide educational opportunities for local music students through a workshop and guitar donations that will take place in partnership with the Travelling Guitar Foundation.

Following a successful “take off” in Barbados from January 17 to 21 with highly acclaimed performances, the unique travelling jazz festival thrilled music lovers in Antigua and Barbuda who turned out at the Dean Lake Cultural Center and the scenic Shirley Heights Lookout in March this year.

The unique series of events that make up the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari had its international launch on November 15, 2012 at the chic Tryst Utra Lounge in New York under the aegis of Hinds’ company, Damal Investments, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation and the Tourist Boards of Barbados, Antigua, Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines. The safari will continue on to St Vincent later this year.

The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari Grenada is sponsored by Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club, Flamboyant Hotel and Villas, LIAT, Grenada Board of Tourism, United Insurance, USA Embassy, Sagicor, The Traveling Guitar Foundation (USA), The Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN) Klassic AM, Coca Cola, Etang, Quinn Company Limited, Stoli, Presidente, El Dorado Rum, Grant’s Scotch Whiskey, Campari and Nedd’s Rental & Services.

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