Some of the best national and international DJs, headlined by Joe Claussell, Osunlade, Marshall Jefferson and John Morales will move your body in the best festival of the year at Jameos del Agua.
The sixth edition of the Jameos Music Festival (JMF) – a boutique festival hailed as Mejor Fiesta (Best Party) at the 2019 Vicious Music Awards in Madrid – kicks off on 28 June with the first of four fab parties that’ll bring the house down. You’ll have three other chances to party on 19 July, 23 August and 20 September.
An eclectic musical journey loaded with percussion and African rhythms
Our boutique festival opens this year the summer season with its first meeting on 28 June and distributes its activity during three dates more throughout the summer: on 19 July, 23 August and 20 September.
Joe Claussell, one of New York’s most prominent Djs, mixers and producers, opens the season and this first edition of the JMF. He’s also the founder and owner of the prestigious Spiritual Life Music label, having edited tracks for artists like Mateo & Matos, Blaze, Slam Mode and Jephté Guillaume. The resident DJ at the Body & Soul club will bring us an eclectic mix of styles based on his trademark percussion roots.
Sounds from Madrid will dominate the cabin for the rest of the night. First up is Kwenya Carreira, music-lover, actor and founding member of Marul Café in Madrid. He’s a popular fixture in the capital’s nightlife scene having played at Sweet, Pacha, Kathmandú, among other clubs. His mixes move through a range of sounds, from pure rock to jazz, with splashes of funk and soul.
Héctor Mingues is a lover of black music in all shapes and forms. Mingues mixes the most classic black and roots music like soul, funk, jazz, disco, Latin, boogaloo, salsa with the not-so-classical like nusoul, hip hop, rap, R&B, afrobeat, soulful house and more.
The first session closes with DJ Isaacb who was drawn to the mixing desk at a young age, mixing theatrical music and contemporary dance shows at top European, Japanese and American venues. He now produces musical events from digitalstudio.com and promises to bring us an eclectic journey of percussion and deep African rhythms.
Spiritual house opens the second edition of JMF 2019 with the illustrious Osunlade. A major global influence in deep house and afro house, self-taught Osunlade was born in St. Louis, Missouri and started his producing career on Sesame Street. He later made his name in a range of productions and clubs with his unique sounds, mixing classic soul and jazz-infused melodies. He has built a faithful following over the years through his integrity and love for music. Osunlade’s religious beliefs infuse deep spiritual vibes into his music (he’s an Ifa priest from the Yoruba religion).
London is up next with our first British DJ Phil Asher, a key influence in the English broken beat and house movement. A hero of British house music, Asher has been on the international circuit for two decades, has his own label (Urazia) an also made his mark in the Notting Hill Arts Club with jazz, Latin and disco and funk classics.
The Mighty Zaf, founder and owner of Reckless Records in Soho, one of London’s most popular record shops, takes over from there. Zaf is also co-owner of Love Music Vinyl in Shoreditch and www.zafsmucis.com, the main website for exclusive disco, soul and funk rarities.
Lanzarote rounds off the night with Checha Tambo, whose name stems from the legendary Arrecife bar and the pulse of music and culture for generations of Lanzarote residents. Nephew of the infamous César Manrique, he was immersed in a rich musical and cultural environment from a very young age, which made a huge impact on his own professional journey: he’s a DJ, musician, promotor and cultural agitator who has always been at the leading-edge of music in a multicultural and open-minded Lanzarote.
JMF’s third session is an eclectic mix of house, disco and soul in a quasi-cosmic alliance with Afro-Cuban sounds. Marshall Jefferson, one of the forces behind Chicago House, warms up the deck. He started as a producer at Chicago Recording Studios where he met Larry Sherman, owner of Trax Records. His track, Move Your Body, was the first house hit to use piano and was featured in the Grand Theft Auto videogame, in the film 24-Hour Party and the documentary, Paris is Burning.
The lineup for the third edition also includes Natasha Diggs, an avid record collector since her youth. She’s played at some of the world’s best parties and can move the masses with sets that blend from hip hop, soul, funk, Latin, rock, house to reggae, Afro-Brazilian and disco.
Jose Marquez adds a Latin flavour to the night. The DJ from Los Angeles burst onto the scene in 2010 with remixes and memorable editions of artists like Nina Simone, Celia Cruz, Oumou Sangare, to name a few. Lanzarote will be well represented by Jesús Gonzalez, Piri, or The Piri Experience, a vinyl enthusiast, collector and selector who currently lives in Tenerife.
The customary climax of this four-part festival is headlined by no other than John Morales – the godfather of the Jameos Music Festival. This follows a year which saw the launch of Disco Confessions, a documentary in which this legendary New York-born DJ relives an era when Lanzarote began its great adventure with Manrique’s creation of its Arts, Culture and Tourism Centres.
Morales’ funk and disco sets have become a tradition on this island and will be accompanied by emerging young talent, Melvo Baptiste. Baptiste was born into a family of dancers, record collectors and enthusiasts and was brought up on a strict diet of soul, funk, rare groove and disco.
Ian Friday will put the icing on the cake. DJ, producer, writer and inventor of the term “Global Soul”, he’s a man on a mission to take soul to the masses as a genre that links house music, soul, Afrobeat, jazz and world music, and goes beyond the boundaries of traditional music. This closing party wouldn’t be complete without the amazing voice of Gizelle Smith and the tunes of local talent ONEche DJs.
Tickets on line
Tickets for all four sessions on 28 June, 19 July, 23 August and 20 September are on sale via: www.cactlanzarote.com and cost from €39 per person/session. Return bus transport will be provided from the Intercambiador bus station (Arrecife seafront) to Jameos del Agua.
Jameos Music Festival is organized by the Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism of the Cabildo of Lanzarote and the artistic direction of the production company Lost Paradise, and with the collaboration of the Group Tecnosound, Avis Canarias Rent a Car and the hotels Seaside Jameos Playa, Sands Beach Resort and Arrecife Gran Hotel.