— international artistes to headline performances
On February 20, the National Cultural Centre will come alive with a great mixture of international and Guyanese artists in celebration of our 50th Republic Anniversary.
The event is produced by GEMS Theatre Productions and Dream Team Productions in collaboration with the Government of Guyana.
Headline performers appearing for the first time in Guyana will be Canadian “SHUFFLE DEMONS”— with support from the Canada Fund for the Arts, and just out from the Naniki Music Festival in Barbados and heading to Suriname after their Guyana’s performance.
RUTH OSMON-ROSE is a Trinidad-based Guyanese singer, songwriter, and flautist, and will be accompanied by Trinidad’s “LOVE WARRIORS”.
COURTNEY FADLIN is an internationally renowned Guyanese-American saxophonist known for his signature style and silky-smooth delivery.
Sean Bhola and Wendell Bunbury complete the performance team.
JUBILEE JAZZ starts at 20:00h on Thursday, February 20. Tickets $6000, $5000 and $3000 are now on sale at the National Cultural Centre.
The Shuffle Demons
The Shuffle Demons are a high-energy Canadian band that blends virtuosic jazz and funk playing with eye-catching costumes and over-the-top stage antics to produce an incredible show.
A hit at festivals all over the world, the Shuffle Demons are a crowd-pleasing, full-on musical group that backs up wild stage antics with phenomenal playing by some of Canada’s most talented musicians.
The Shuffle Demons first broke onto the Canadian music scene in 1984 with an electrifying musical fusion, bending highly visually entertaining, funny, and best of all, can really PLAY. All their eye-catching, crowd-pleasing stunts are backed up by incredibly solid musicianship and real groundbreaking playing.
The band has toured extensively in Europe and around the world and has played at the Molde, Oslo, Stockholm, Lund, Pori, Birmingham, London, Edinburgh, Montreal and North Sea Jazz festivals, Jazz a Vienne, Outside In Jazz Festival, the Yokohama Jazz Promenade (Japan’s biggest Jazz Fest), on the Barenaked Ladies Ships and Dip Cruise, at the Bangkok International Festival of Music and Dance, at the Taranaki Arts Fest and the Dubbo Jazz Fest in New Zealand and Australia, the Jarasum Jazz Festival in South Korea, the Zacatecas Cultural Festival in Mexico, the Beijing Jazz Festival, in India, the USA, Cuba and all across Canada.
Over a twenty-eight-year span, the Shuffle Demons have released eight CDs, two hit videos, won several music awards, done numerous TV and radio appearances and toured nationally and internationally including 20 cross-Canada tours, 5 US tours, 16 European tours, a tour of India, a tour of China, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Cuba playing on big festival stages, theatres and clubs.
The Shuffle Demons released 6 albums and 7 videos in their 23-year career. They played 1000s of shows at every major jazz and folk festival in Canada during 20 Canadian tours.
They toured Europe 15 times playing from Estonia to Italy, from the Netherlands to Norway, from Switzerland to Sweden, from Germany to Belgium.
And all the while, they kept audiences excited, dancing and smiling as they built up a solid fan base that to this day will never forget the music and the antics…stopping traffic with the famous ‘Spadina Bus’ walk-around, playing a Mingus tune and really meaning it, thrashing around the stage in crazy interpretive dance, delivering the classic poem ‘What do you Want’.