When they launched the Luanda International Jazz Festival in 2009, organisers of Angola’s first-ever international jazz festival promised to make the event a platform where musicians with strong African rhythms can meet and share their music. Looking at the first 8 artists to perform on 2 stages over 3 days at Cine Atlântico in the country’s capital city, Luanda it is clear that the organisers are sticking to their promise. Friday 30 July to Sunday 01 August is when the 8 who are from Cuba, United States, Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde and South Africa will take to the stage at Cine Atlantico. “With Angola having been at the centre of the slave trade, as festival organisers we are conscious of how people from this part of the world took their music all over the world. The Luanda International Jazz Festival provides a homecoming to all rhythms that were exported from our shores”, says Ritek’s CEO António Cristóvão. The festival is Cristóvão and his Angolan hospitality company’s brainchild.