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City of bridges hosts popular Jazz festival titled "Dimajazz"

07-09-2012 10:51 BJT

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Constantine, a picturesque town in north-eastern Algeria famed for its numerous bridges, hosts a popular Jazz festival titled "Dimajazz". There, modern music plays out in an ancient city.

In the local Arabic dialect, "majaz" means "bridge." That's why the "Dimajazz" festival makes an appropriate home here. Called the "City of Bridges," Constantine is situated on a natural rock fortress. This makes for an enchanting location connected to the outside world by numerous high bridges.

It is also the hometown of many famous Algerian singers. But a big highlight of the event was an American singer - Nicole Slack Jones. She was one of the guest performers at the event where she brought fans to their feet at the National Theater.

A native of New Orleans in the Southern United States, Jones has been singing since an early age. She found fame in 2008 with the release of her first album "Back to Roots."

Drummer Mark Guiliana of the U.S. performs with his group Dhafer Youssef during
the 10th Dimajazz festival in the eastern city of Constantine.

Nicole Slack Jones, American singer, said, "Constantine, merci beaucoup, thank you so much for having me here, it was wonderful. The crowd was energetic, very positive, very uplifting for me. Even though I gave the show they gave me something back, which was a good time, happiness and joy."

Dimajazz is one of the 150 official festivals subsidized by the Algerian Ministry of Culture. Over time it’s become one of the country’s leading cultural events. This year the festival was also celebrating a milestone.

Bouzid Zoheir, Dimajazz Festival organizer, said, "It is the 10th anniversary of the jazz festival and it coincides with the 50th anniversary of Algeria’s independence. This year is special. The festival lasts for 10 days, and each day represents a year of the efforts of the festival’s founder and creators since 2003."

Four jazz fans founded Dimajazz in 2003. The founders say they never imagined the festival would become so famous, especially as it had a hard time recruiting big-name performers in its early days.

Nicole Slack Jones (C) of the U.S performs with her guitarists Herve Samb (L) and
Mike Armoogum during the 10th Dimajazz festival in the eastern city of Constantine.

Audiences applause during a concert by Nicole Slack Jones of the U.S. during the
10th Dimajazz festival in the eastern city of Constantine.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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