29th Okarina Festival brings to Bled the greatest names of ethno and jazz
Okarina, Slovenia’s biggest world music festival, is set for its 29th edition this summer. In the course of twelve days from 23 July to 3 August 2019, Bled will host 12 amazing music bands and performers from all over the globe. All concerts will be free of charge and will start at 20:30.
The Festival will kick off at Bled Castle on 23 and 24 July with performances by the Spanish group Vigüela and Legende from Serbia. After the first two days, the Festival will move to a stage on the Lake Promenade, which will first welcome the Afrobeat sensation Antibalas from Brooklyn, USA, followed by the French-Pakistani musical project Markus & Shahzad Santoo Khan. On 27 July the Okarina stage will be taken over by Ravid Kahalani and his band Yemen Blues, and the following evening the promenade walk will be buzzing to the rhythms of the Belgian ensemble Panta Rhei.
Students of the local music school DOREMI and Boštjan Gombač will open the second half of the Festival. On Tuesday 30 July, the briskly upbeat music of the French blues group Delgres will resound above the town and the lake. On the last night in July, the Festival will feature a renowned Jamaican jazz pianist, Monty Alexander, a Grammy nominee and one of the 650 greatest jazz pianists of all time. On the first evening in August, the listeners will enjoy the blues-inspired sound of electric guitars of the Lovell sisters, aka Larkin Poe. The last two evenings of this year’s Festival will belong to the Italian group Canto Antico and Tunisian jazz musician Dhafer Youssef, who will bring Okarina to an end on 3 August 2019.