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April 25 – May 5, 2019

The 2019 edition will be the 50th annual celebration of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. On this occasion, the Festival organizes a retrospective of the "Best Moments of Jazz Fest" by inviting the most important groups and artists of their history.

Chouval Bwa in Martinique

Chouval Bwa in Martinique

The traditional group Chouval Bwa has marked the history of the festival in 2002 and 2010 with their creativity and authenticity; this is why they have been invited once again to perform, to celebrate this significant milestone.

The chouval bwa (merry-go-round in Creole) is a traditional Martinican music genre that uses drums, bamboo flute and accordion. It is suitable for celebration that goes with a dance known as manège.

In Martinique, at the time, when men made the traditional merry-go-rounds turn, an orchestra was placed in the middle and played this rhythmic music.

Singers Dédé Saint-Prix, Marcé or Tumpak are still introducing this traditional West Indian music through their albums.

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