Guadeloupe: 4 music festivals between May and July

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From May 26 to 29, 2023: The Terre de Blues festival in Marie-Galante

The festival returns to the Habitation Murat, after 3 years of absence. Latin, African and Caribbean music are in the spotlight with artists such as Youssou N’Dour headlining, Yémi Aladé from Nigeria (afro-beats) or Aswad (famous Jamaican reggae band). On the side of Guadeloupe artists Célia Wa, Florence Naprix, Génération Zouk and many others will be present. In addition to the family and friendly atmosphere, on the Murat site, it is all of Marie-Galante that will vibrate during this Pentecost weekend. In addition to the traditional Friday Léwoz, on the port of Grand-Bourg, many events and concerts will be organized in the restaurants of the island. This legendary Marie-Galante festival is the largest Pentecost event in the Caribbean with nearly 15,000 festival-goers expected.

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From June 24 to 25, 2023: The West Indies Green Festival at Le Moule

This is the 1st deejaying eco-festival in the Caribbean. An eco-responsible music festival that aims to raise awareness and engage festival-goers during which it is possible to have fun while preserving the islands. In 2022, the 1st edition had 12,250 festival-goers, 282 kilos of plastic avoided, 65% of waste recycled and actions aimed at protecting corals.

For this 2nd edition, the West Indies Green will act in favor of the preservation of the mangrove. On the music side: 100% Caribbean programming. Jamaica, Haiti, Guyana, Dominica, Saint-Martin, the Dominican Republic, Martinique, Saint Lucia and of course the islands of Guadeloupe will be embodied by artists and DJs defending musical styles specific to the Caribbean. Akiyo from Guadeloupe, Busy Signal from Jamaica, Zook Look from Saint-Martin, DJ 507, DJ Amigo, DJ Jaïro and DJ Greg have already confirmed their presence. 16,000 people are expected over 2 days.

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From July 22 to 23 in 2023: All Day In Music Festival at Le Moule

Like every year, the All Day In Music Festival (or ADI), highlights electro-Caribbean music and French-speaking and international rap by welcoming the most talented DJs and artists of the moment. Joé Dwèt Filé, SDM, Capleton from Jamaica, Meryl from Martinique, Mik L from Reunion, Warped and T Kimp Gee from Guadeloupe, Asa Bantan from Dominica, DJ NKO, DJ Endrixx and DJ TKrys will be there. 8 years separate the 1st edition from the next. The ADI mobilizes an average of fifty local businesses, including thirty restaurant owners. In total, nearly 300 people contribute to the success of the event. 30,000 festival-goers are expected on Alizés beach.

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Stay tuned: the Gwoka festival in July in Sainte-Anne

The dates and program of this traditional festival will be announced very soon!

Did you know ? Gwoka is practiced by all ethnic and religious groups in Guadeloupe society; thousands of enthusiasts try it out during dedicated popular open-air evenings. It combines responsorial singing in Guadeloupean Creole, rhythms played on ka drums and dance, all while promoting individual qualities of improvisation. It is one of the most emblematic elements of the Guadeloupe Islands, which has also earned it its registration in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO 10 years ago now. The Gwoka strengthens the identity and provides a feeling of collective valorization and individual pride, by carrying values ​​of conviviality, resistance and dignity.

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