The RegioJazz group re-examines mainly music of composers of Roraima through jazz regional references, peppered with Latin influences. Their members come from different states which is a strong feature of the state of Roraima. Sophisticated combination of the talented musicians guitar, bass, percussion, keyboard and striking vocals make this a unique band. Certainly one to watch!
Group Capoeira Angola Palmares
- Capoeira Angola Palmares
Founded in 1993, the Capoeira Angola Palmares Group has developed the practice of capoeira as a sport, culture and lifestyle. Guided by Ongira master, they have performed in various events such as the SESC Cultural Boundary and the 1st Rupununi Music & Arts Festival in 2014. For this edition the group will make presentations of capoeira and maculele as well as teach capoeira to festival goers in workshops. We are looking forward to welcome the group again this year!
- Wilkinson Oliveira
Wilkinson Oliveira is the Manager of Harmonia e Ritmo Cultural, a dance teacher and choreographer. During this year’s Rupununi Music & Arts Festival Wilkinson will make a Gafieira Samba Presentation, accompanied by his partner. There will also be workshops introducing festival goers to dancing the samba and samba gaff.
- JJ Kent
JJ Kent (his Lakota name, Wicasa Ho’ Waste’, meaning “Good Voice Man”) is known throughout the world as a player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, and as a traditional storyteller, cultural educator, speaker, dancer and recording artist. From his early Lakota influences and from this extended family in the world, he shares his beautiful and spiritually healing music to create a resonant chord of celebration for All Our Relations. JJ won “Flutist of the Year” at the 2009 NAMMY Awards in Niagara Falls, New York and was in the running for a Grammy award. JJ has four albums, three of which are ambient Native American music. His latest CD entitled “Tate’ Topa Win” was produced by the Grammy winning George Noriega in Cutting Cane Studios, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. JJ also had a country music recording career which included a stint with Brykas Records in Nashville, and later with Prestige Records in London, England. His fourth CD “The Other Side of JJ Kent – Classic Country” contains the song “Pathway of a Fool” which made it to #11 in Cashbox’s Top 100 in 1990 and earned him “Male Vocalist of the Year” honors. Traveling back and forth between his beloved land of Wyoming and South Dakota, JJ lives with his family in the rolling hills and horse country of Nashville’s Franklin, TN.
- Gavin Mendonca
With his band Outta Box Experience (O.B.E) whose members are also part of local Heavy Metal band – Feed The Flames – they made their debut at RED Entertainment’s From Jazz With Love in October, 2014 and will be performing at this year’s Rupununi Festival. They take popular songs from all music genres and eras, covering artistes such as Elvis Presley, Nina Simone, The Eagles, Ben E. King, The Beatles, Eddy Grant to name a few, adding their own touch, resulting in a truly unique and dynamic performance of popular hit songs, for a truly ‘Out of the Box Experience’.
Band members include: Gavin Mendonca: Vocals/Bass, Gavin Singh: Guitar/Backing Vocals, Emilio Martins: Guitar, Nicholas Chung: Drums.
Isaias P. Miliano
Isaias Miliano, an Indian descendant of the artist Patamona and Macuxi ethnic groups was born by the river Mau, municipality of Uiramuta in the Guiana Highlands and lived there most of his childhood. In Porto Velho, Rondonia, where he lived for a while, he met Ramos. The master taught him about the art of pottery and who watched the already talented Isaias grow his craft. Isaias uses wood waste from sawmills, joinery and felled trees to produce carvings and sculptures. During this year’s festival he will exhibit his work and also lead woodcarving workshops.
Ras Camo Williams