After launching in 2009, with following editions setting the festival as a reference, Kriol Jazz Festival - Praia is back in 2017 on April 8th, 14th and 15th.

Homegrown artists share the stage with artists from Africa, Europa, America and Caribbean

Discover a selection of the best artists from the creole world for a program based upon exchanging as much on a musical level as on a human level.
Organized by Harmonia Lda in partnership with the council of Praia, the Festival's main objective is to promote the Creole-inspired music from all the islands, whether in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Cabo Verde, or Africa, the cradle of Creole.
After giving tribute to Horace Silver, Code di Dona, Cesaria Evora, Manuel Clarinete, Morgadinho, Dany Silva and Chico Serra, it is Humbertona who will be honoured this time.

The 9th edition of the festival will once again feature a number of world-renowned names in jazz.

The KJF has taken on an important and increasingly relevant role on the Cabo Verdean and international culture landscape as, over the past eight years, it has spurred a cultural dynamic open to all continents and of the highest possible quality in the musical realm...
The KJF, which has been the object of effusive praise worldwide, has seen its main objective fulfilled: that of promoting Praia and Cabo Verde through art and culture, especially music. Indeed, proof of this is the fact that magazine Songlines has on three occasions named it one of the 25 best festivals in the world.

Mayor's message

Dear residents of our city,
Distinguished musicians and guests,

The Praia municipal governing program for the 2016-2020 period has culture as one of the pillars of local development. The Kriol Jazz festival, alongside other cultural manifestations and events, is surely a trademark of the city of Praia that brings prestige on both the national and international level.

There is no doubt that the KJF lends a cosmopolitan character to the city, which every year hosts numerous world-renowned artists.

On April 8, 14 and 15, the city-stage of Praia will welcome the 9th edition of the Kriol Jazz Festival (KJF), an event considered one of the 25 best World Music festivals on the planet, and the result of a commitment to ensuring the presence of quality musicians.

Each edition features important names on the world jazz scene, representing the African, European and the American continents, cementing this annual event in the city’s cultural agenda.

Poet Mário Fonseca once said that “mon pays est une musique”. Paraphrasing the poet, Praia is, in truth, a city of music and musicians.

This is why every year we pay homage to the makers of the universal art that is music. It is also why in this edition city hall wishes to honor Cabo Verdean musical legend Humberto Bettencourt Santos – to his friends, simply Humbertona.
This honor is intended to pay tribute to a citizen who, in his own words, “lives for music and not from music”, a masterful traditional guitarist and an innovative artist of his time who to this day devotes his art and musical ingenuity to uplifting Cabo Verdean music.

As such, we welcome all of the artists on this year’s line-up, as well as all of our visitors, and wish you all an excellent stay in Praia.

May the interaction of the musicians participating in the festival help promote diversity, creativity, the liberation of spirits and joy among all those who will be visiting our city in the coming days!

Óscar Humberto Monteiro Évora Santos
Mayor of Praia


Each year in April

The Kriol Jazz Festival - Praia takes place on the island of Santiago, the program spreads over three days. The audience is as well local as targeting international public. April being a month of high tourist traffic, the period was chosen to attract the widest audience possible.

Based upon the international reference jazz represents, this project aims at creating a cultural meeting relying on Creolity.

The eight first editions offered an international schedule including artists such as Lenine, Esperança Spalding, Richard Bona, Ralph Thamar & Mario Canonge, Aziz Sahmaoui, Ismaël Lô, Jacques Morelenbaum, Chico Cesar, Jowee Omicil, Manhattan Transfer, Charnett Moffet and Stanley Jordan, Monty Alexander, Ballake Sissoko, Céu, Vincent Segal, Sia Tolno, Kenny Garrett, Manu Dibango, Paulo Flores, Tânia Maria, Cindy Blackman-Santana or Habib Koité among others.
It's a tradition, the festival opens on a free night offering the performances of new talents. The two other nights will be as usual, opened by a Cabo Verdean artist, followed by the shows of international artists.

Moreover, the jam sessions having become an institution of the Festival, they will be part of the program again in 2016.


Câmara Municipal de Praia
Harmonia Lda

Gold Partners


Silver Sponsors

Casino Royal

Institutional Partners

Affaires Étrangères
Rede Brasil Cultural

Media Partners

RTP Africa
RDP Africa
France Médias Monde
Expresso das Ilhas
Trace TV
Radio Morabeza
Muzika TV
Agenda Cultural Cabo Verde
Abidjan Show
Cidade FM


VIP Praia Hotel
Hotel Santa Maria
Sigui Sabura
Khym Negoce
Cine Praia

Technical Partners

Marius Produções
Faisca Lda

And also


Past Editions

cheka / Meddy Gerville / Ba Cissoko / Lenine / Mario Lucio / Regis Gizavo / Jorge Reyes / Yuri Buenaventura
Vasco Martins / Kim Alves / Mario Canonge / Ralph Thamar / René Lacaille / Kora Jazz Trio / Princezito / Tumi & the Volume / Jaques Morelenbaum & Cello Samba Trio/ Manhattan Transfer
Remna Schwarz / Danae / Vera Cruz / Lexxus Legal / Gaita Ferro / Ensemble do Hot Clube de Portugal / Cordas do Sol / Ferro Gaita / Albertino / Jean Marie Alain / Yamandu Costa / Boubacar Traoré / Hernani Almeida / Tania Libertad / Cindy Blackman Santana / Maraca & his Latin Jazz All Star
Mirri Lobo / Sia Tolno / Kola Beat / BoB / Tradison de Terra / Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole / Ballaké Sissoko et Vincent Segal / Mário Laginha / Mayra Andrade / Soft / Manu Dibango / Thurgot Théodat (with Ku4rtet) / Tavares Brothers
Zé Luis / Dominique Fillon Trio / Giovanni Mirabassi / Rui Cruz / Berklee School of Music / Ceuzany / Jupiter / Carmen Souza / Ziskakan / Jerry Gonzales / Pierre Akedengue Gangbe Brass Band / Leo Gandelman / Bettye Lavette / Hugo Mendes
Maya / Tcheka / Berklee Band / Cesaria Evora Orchestra / Carlos Mendes / Candida Rose / Katia Guerreiro / Habib Koite / Ismael Lo / Marly Quintet / Sara Tavares / Kenny Garret / Monty Alexander / Chico Cesar
Manuel de Candinho-Quarteto Tradicional / Helder Pelada Rodrigues & Band/ Elida Almeida / Ron Savage Trio & Special Guests / Airelle Besson / Raphaele Atlan/ Dino D`Santiago & Fábia Rebordão / Jowee Omicil / Richard Bona / Lura / Reis Demuth Wiltgen Trio/ Céu / Esperanza Spalding
Romeu di Lurdis / Ceuzany / Tubarões / Ron Savage Trio / Paulo Flores / Tânia Maria / Aziz Sahmaoui and University of Gnawa / El Gato Negro / Jeff Herr Corporation / Nerdistan / Nett Work feat. Charnett Moffet and Stanley Jordan / Carlos Martins Quarteto feat. Jenifer Solidade and Khaly / Téofilo Chantre / Dina Medina / Zeca Couto Quinteto

All our artists

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