Yemen-European Jazz Musical Band [Archives:2004/726/Culture]

April 5 2004

On Saturday 27 March, the Ambassadors of Italy, France, Germany and United Kingdom announced, during a press conference, the launch of a jazz musical project in Yemen as a European contribution to the activities of Sana'a, the Arab Cultural Capital. The project will create a cultural affinity and dialogue between civilizations through music, said the French Ambassador.
The statements of the Ambassadors confirmed that this exciting musical initiative developed following a previous experiment in October last year when two musicians, from France and Germany, came to Sana'a and worked with Yemeni musicians and created a unique mix of Yemeni folkloric music and European jazz. This year, it will be repeated on a larger scale by five of the best European jazz musicians, representing four European countries.
Under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the above-mentioned Embassies, Artists Tommy Smith (Scotland), Furio de Castri (Italy), Oliver Steidle (Germany) and Loic Dequid and Bastien Lagatta (France), along with Roweida Al-Haj (Aden), Ali Al-Assadi and Jaber Ali (Sana'a), Shubeily Mohamed (Hodiedah) and Adel Hassan Othman (Hadramout) will conduct live and free musical performances in Sayoun, Hodiedah, Taiz, Aden and Sana'a during 29 March – 8 April 2004.