The International Festival of Blues and Afro-American Music ‘Malaka Fest’ will stop this Friday, the 15th at the Ciudad de Marbella Theater, at 8:00 p.m., with the performances of Koko Jean & The Tonics, Hot Nasho and The Gangberries. The general director of Culture, Carmen Díaz, today presented the event together with its organizer, Luis Rubio, and the president of the Málaga Blues Society, Javier Martín, and stressed that “it is very satisfactory that the municipality is part of a provincial concert circuit which is developed through the Provincial Council, which has a quality program and which is born with a vocation of continuity to continue adding followers to this genre ”.
Access is free and the invitation can be obtained on the page www.mientrada.net, with a maximum of four tickets per person until full capacity.
Rubio, for his part, explained that from the beginning they were clear that Marbella had to be part of the festival because blues has many international followers who reside in the area, highlighting “the magnificent reception that the proposal has had by the City Council” . Likewise, he has detailed that the public of the city will be able to enjoy Koko Jeans, a band formed in 2014 and resident in Barcelona that has had its recording debut with ‘Hair Whip (Do The Do)’; by local musician Nacho Mena, who since its inception as ‘One man band’ Hot Nasho in 2011 has developed his own vision of the most primitive styles incorporating elements of blues, swing, ragtime and rock, and from the Malaga band The Gangberries, with a repertoire of versions to which he brings his personal touch.
“This project fulfills an old aspiration of our association, contained in our statutes, which is to promote a genre that has more than a hundred years of history with initiatives that bring it closer to the public,” said Martín, for his part. In addition, he highlighted “the good receptivity it has had on the part of the different collaborating institutions.”
One of the main figures of this edition is the American singer Gisele jackson, who has developed her career with artists of the stature of Ray Charles, Donna Summer and James Brown and who will be in charge of closing the festival in Malaga.