Curaçao North Sea Jazz 2019 gears up with the first batch of artist names announced

The ninth edition of the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival will witness Maroon 5, Ozuna, Gladys Knight and Third World who will make their appearance at the festival at the World Trade Center at Piscadera Bay. The organisation is still busy with various other artists who will be announced in the course of the coming months. The festival opens on August 29 with free concerts of Havana D’Primera and AymeeNuviola.

Maroon 5: American band Maroon 5 has sold over 20 million albums and received three Grammy Awards. Their debut album, Songs About Jane, became their big breakthrough and its successor, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, did even better.

Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado: Known simply by his surname Ozuna, is a Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer. In early 2016, Ozuna rose to prominence for his appearance on the single La Ocasión, going from strength to strength ever since.

Gladys Knight: Six years after making her debut in Curaçao the ‘Empress of Soul’ Gladys Knight is returning to the island. With her band The Pips she had great hits, such as I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Midnight Train To Georgia and Baby Don’t Change Your Mind, in the 1960s and 1970s. Knight now has seven Grammy’s and numerous other awards to her name.

Third World: Jamaican band Third World celebrated its 45th anniversary last year. Calling themselves ‘Reggae Ambassadors’ and describing their sound as reggae fusion, Third World mix reggae with many other genres such as soul, funk, and disco.

Havana D’Primera: Cuban Timba band Havana D’Primera was founded by Alexander Abreu in 2008, the band was formed by a collective of musicians in the Cuban music scene, numbering 17 members in total. Fusing rhythms across salsa, jazz, funk, and Afro-Cuban, the band has released four studio albums so far.

AyméeNuviola: Nicknamed ‘La Sonera del Mundo’, is a well-respected singer from Cuba who trained at the Manuel Saumell Conservatory in Havana. Nuviola is one of the biggest Cuban stars of today, and she even recorded a song with American legend Jackson Browne.