Top five music festivals of Africa

Africa was once known as the Dark Continent but if you look closely, you will find that the continent is very much alive and colorful with vibrant festivals and diverse culture. Some music festivals held in Africa are:

Music festivals of Africa

The Festival in the Desert; this three day event is celebrated on Mali on the borders of Timbuktu in the Sahara Desert. It usually takes place in January and is considered to be the remotest musical festival in the world. This event is based on the traditional gatherings of the Tuareg nomads and their celebrations. It is a unique blend of traditional Tuareg music, dance and camel races and at night the desert comes alive with modern music.

Top five music festivals of Africa

The Festival of Niger takes place in early February in Mali and is another colorful fiesta featuring music and dance as well as puppet shows. Celebrated artists from West Africa entertain people with their skills. It is also a way to promote the culture of the place and many food stalls are set up for the convenience of the people. Besides being a music and dance extravaganza, it is also a means to bring together people from all parts of Africa as well as from other parts of the world.

Uganda celebrates the Bayimba International Festival of Music and Arts in September. The venue is the National Theatre in the capital city of Kampala. It is a three day affair of non stop music, fashion shows, exhibitions etc. Live band performances, traditional dance performances and documentaries featuring revolution of music and other forms of arts and also social issues are some salient features of this event.

African Music Festivals

Zanzibar has the Sauti za Busara Music Festival. It is five days of music both traditional and contemporary from all parts of Africa. It is held in February and where seasoned artists charm the audience with their lovely music, it has been a useful stepping stone for upcoming talent. A carnival parade is the highlight of this event.

The Cape Town Jazz Festival has become one of the biggest musical events of Africa.  For two days more than 40 local and international artists perform to captivate the audience. It has been voted the Grandest Event of Africa.

Top five music festivals of Asia

by on February 23, 2011
in Asian Festivals, Music festivals

The continent of Asia is the home to many ancient civilizations. If the westerners were attracted to Asia because of its treasures, its rich music and diverse culture simply mesmerized them. Many music festivals are held in Asia; some of which are as follows

Music festivals of Asia

Borneo the enchanting island hosts the Rainforest World Music Festival which features world famous artists from all over the world. While the days are filled with mini concerts, jamming sessions and lectures, the evenings fill the air with music. One can’t but help dance to the tunes foreign to the mind but familiar to the soul. You will be entertained by soul stirring music to foot tapping tunes to music that will rock you.

Top five music festivals of Asia

Seoul World DJ Festival is a musical event held in South Korea every year in May. The event started off in a bid to promote tourism but got a lot of positive response especially from foreign students and expatriates. It is now three days of dance party and live music. The Seoul World DJ Festival pulls a big crowd.

The Beijing Pop Festival started in 2004 but has gained immense popularity in relatively short period of time. It started off as a hobby and encouraged local bands to participate and now it features pop groups from other continents as well.

The Jaffna Music Festival provides a platform to exhibit the colorful culture of Sri Lanka, a country known for its rich traditions. The event takes place in the end of March and showcases traditional folk music and graceful dance performances from various areas of the island. Besides local Sri Lankan music, performances from India, Norway, Palestine, Nepal and South Africa also entertain the people.

For a whole month (mid December to mid January) music lovers are entertained by a myriad of musical performances and dances in the Madras Music Season held in India. There are over 1500 performances from veteran musicians to the artists from present day generation besides lectures and seminars on music.

The Sacred Music Festival

The Sacred Music Festival

In the month of June the ancient holy city of Fez in Morocco hosts the Sacred Music Festival where musicians from different faiths gather to pay melodious homage to their religion.

The festival originated after the first Gulf War as a humble attempt to wipe out the political differences and bring humanity together with the sound of music. The Sacred Music Festival aims at promoting love and peace between people of different religion caste and creed and in some way has been successful as those who attend it feel nothing but peace and contentment in their hearts.  Though words are foreign and not understood but the soulful rendition of the singers really touches the chords of one’s heart. At times the whole audience is in a trance and hatred and other ill feelings are totally forgotten.

The event lasts for 10 days Fez echoes with Pakistani Qawwalis, the whirling dervishes of Turkey, the Sufi chants of Morocco, Egyptian Madhi odes, the chants of ancient India and Christian Saeta. Every performance is unique and soul stirring and has made this festival so very special. The program ends with a joint performance as the musicians from different faiths and different countries find common grounds to unite.

A Sacred Music Festival is also held in Los Angeles USA after every three years. It also strives at connecting together people from different faiths. It is a major event of the city and for sixteen days churches, synagogues, temples; theaters and outdoor areas serve as stages for the music and dance performances. It provides an opportunity to understand the various faiths and sends a strong message that humanity is above all differences.

Similar events are hosted in Olympia, Washington and Michigan in the USA. Spain, Canada, France, England and India are other countries where World Sacred Music Festivals are held.

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing ArtsGet set, get ready and go….to Glastonbury, the venue of the world’s biggest open air music festival of modern music. What started as the Pilton Festival on a farm by Michael Eavis in 1970, it is now a mega music event. This year, from the 23rd to the 27th of June, the town of Pilton in Somerset (England) will transform into a tented city where musical performances in every genre of contemporary music under the sun will take place.

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing ArtsBesides music, other forms of performing arts displayed here are dance, theatre, comedy, circus, and cabaret. There is a kids’ entertainment area, too.
The whole area is divided into 50 + stages with the Pyramid, Other Stage, Jazz World Stage, Acoustic Tent, Shangri-La, and Trash City being some famous ones. Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing ArtsThe number of people present at the venue can swell up to more than 177,000 and this year around 2000 performances are expected. This year some big names expected to thrill the audience are Stevie Wonder, Jack Johnson, U2, Muse, MGMT, Snoop Dogg, Vampire Weekend, Orbital, and many others.

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing ArtsTo add color, sculptures are displayed at the venue. There are many food stalls as well, which sell a variety of food – from burgers to organic food.

Vibrant, entertaining, lively, and energetic are some words to describe the festival.

Top Three Blues Festivals around America

top-three-blues-festivals-around-americaTop Three Blues Festivals around America

Blues and jazz are unquestionably a way of life for many on the American continent. There are plenty of blues festivals around America and Canada all year. Similar to many other music festivals blues festivals are held around summer and fall/autumn. The festivals listed here may not be as big as the International Festival of Blues and Roots Music in Australia, but they are three festivals that are worthy of mentioning would be:

•    The Ottawa Blues Festival in Canada
•    The San Francisco Blues Festival
•    The Chicago Blues Festival
Ottawa is a renowned city for these types of festivals and among them is The Blues Festival. It is attended by hundreds of thousands from all over Canada and the United States. It is normally held outdoors for four days and is the largest in the country. The San Francisco Blues Festival is a comparable size, but it is located on the western shore of United States. It is held annually at San Francisco Bay. The Chicago Blues Festival is probably one of the oldest and most famous in the Midwest United States. This particular festival is also known for featuring famous blues artists from around the world.

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