Jahazi Literary & Jazz Festival



The 2013 Jahazi Literary and Jazz Festival will take over Stone Town, Zanzibar once again – this year with new acclaimed musicians, writers, after parties and VIP Lounge! With only five short weeks to go before our ‘must see’ event, save the dates!


Opening night reception at Serena Sunken Gardens : 5:30PM
Jazz at Livingstone Restaurant: 8:00PM onwards
Jahazi After Dark: The hottest after-party in town -1AM onwards


All day literary event with our international, controversial writers at Seyyida Hotel Rooftop: 10AM onwards
FREE music workshop with our performers at the Dhow Country Music Academy: 10AM onwards
Jazz at Livingstone Restaurant: 7PM onwards
Jahazi After Dark: The hottest after-party in town: 1AM onwards


FREE music workshop with our performers at the Dhow Country Music Academy: 10AM onwards
Jazz Jam at Livingstone: 7PM onwards
Jahazi After Dark: The hottest after-party in town: 11PM onwards

*** The Jahazi VIP Lounge will be open to all VIP ALL ACCESS PASS holders from 7PM all night long, every night of the festival! ***


Ticket Prices
tickets1Festival goers will be able to get tickets from Livingstone Restaurant starting early August. This year we have slashed our prices -check out our website for more details about our pricing.

The music workshops held at Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA) will be free to the public.



New this year
coctailHang with the stars at this year’s festival with our all-new VIP ALL ACCESS pass. This gets you into all literary and music events and allows you entry into our VIP lounge to enjoy cocktails, food and fun with stars and other VIP’S!



SPONSORS We want to send a big thank you to our sponsors this year for supporting our important event. We still have sponsorship and branding opportunities at this year’s festival and we’d love to hear from you!If you want to be a part of one of the foremost jazz events this year, please get in touch elana@jahazifestival.com.



Featured Artist : Sousou & Maher


A Swedish/Senegalese couple who share a destiny shaped by music. Sousou grew up in southern Sweden and fell in love with the kora, a West African stringed instrument, when her father started playing with the Gambian griot Alagie Mbye at an early stage. Maher Cissoko was born into a well-known griot family from Casamance, Senegal, and learned to play the kora at an early age too.



Featured Artist: Eme Alfonso

Eme Alfonso-newsletterEme hails from a renowned family of Cuban musicians, at whose urging she began studying music at age 7. Alfonso has already been nominated for a Latin Grammy as part of Sintesis, a jazz-fusion and Latin folklore act with whom she’s traveled worldwide. Alfonso’s 2008 solo debut Señales (“Signs”) won the Cubadisco award for best Cuban fusion album. Its follow-up is called Eme.



Featured Artist: Sofi Hellborg

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Sofi Hellborg is a unique musician in many ways. And her music, mixing afro, funk and jazz is sophisticated and smart, at the same time as it will fill every dansfloor, in the cool north as well as down south. She has played important festivals such as Tanjazz (Marocco) and Pori Jazz (Finland). Her band consists of top-of-the-line musicians from the jazz and world music circuit.