8 free concerts: Village People + Fred Wesley & the New JBs + Tiken Jah Fakoly + Viva Suecia + Arde Bogotá + Ezra Collective + Blue Lab Beats + ZETAK

Diversity is the overriding note of the Keler Gunea programme for San Sebastian’s 58th Jazz Festival. Diversity of styles where you’ll be treated to funk, disco, reggae, Jazz, indie pop-rock and electronic music. Diversity of artist origins: European, African and American. And diversity of generations too, featuring emerging groups and artists like the Ezra Collective, Blue Lab Beats, ZETAK and Arde Bogotá; others more long standing like Tiken Jah Fakoly and Viva Suecia; and veteran legends like Fred Wesley and Village People.

KELER, our main sponsor, gives its name to this stage, the KELER GUNEA, which, like in previous years, can be found on the beach, next to the Zurriola breakwater.

This stage will host two free concerts every day from 21-24 July.

21 July

Village People (20:45)

Fun and dance are guaranteed with Village People, one of the biggest groups in the history of pop music. Their songs with their catchy choruses are known by millions of people, and have been sung and danced by several generations all over the world.

- Fred Wesley & the New JBs (23:30)

The great North American trombone player is, without a doubt, one of the best composers and arrangers in the history of funk and Afro-American sounds.

His music is one of the most sampled of all times and, in his long career, Wesley has worked with big-name musicians including James Brown, as his music director, George Clinton, Ike and Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Maceo Parker, Count Basie, Van Morrison, Earth Wind & Fire, Pee Wee Ellis, Vanessa Williams, The S.O.S. Band, Cameo, De La Soul, Curtis Mayfield, Usher…

22 July

- Blue Lab Beats (21:00)

Possibly the band that best reflects the prevailing creative, fresh and innovative spirit of London’s ebullient Jazz scene. Taking their inspiration from the major works in the history of Jazz and from the pioneers of hip-hop’s golden age, NK OK and MR DM turn out elegant, urban and extremely cool music of unquestionable quality.

- Viva Suecia (23:30)

This group hailing from Murcia brings melodic forcefulness, profound lyrics and epic guitars. But it’s in their live performances that Viva Suecia unfolds their many virtues and where their songs reach their highest expression. Guided by Rafa Val on vocals, the group will roll out its arsenal of hits, anthems chanted by their fans who are certain to pack the Zurriola beach.

23 July

- Arde Bogotá (21:00)

The Spanish-language rock produced by these youngsters from Murcia has enthralled thousands of fans with its powerful and distinct sound. Lyrics packed with content that conveys anger and irreverence, yet also talking about seduction, love and the chiaroscuros of their generation. Their live shows, accomplished and energetic, are delivered by frontman Antonio García, a livewire on stage who soon has everyone up dancing and singing along to their songs.

- Tiken Jah Fakoly (23:30)

the Côte d’Ivoire whose songs combine reggae with dub and soukous beats, recovering traditional African instruments such as the kora, the ngoni and the balafon.

His committed, revolutionary lyrics, stories of hard lives, of injustices and calamities are sung with a contrasting uplifting beat, creating songs to dance to and spreading an optimism that stands above all misfortunes.

24 July

- Ezra Collective (21:00)

The music brought to us by this London quintet is a celebration of life, packed with positive energy and great dance beats combining myriad styles and influences: Jazz, Afro beat, Afro Cuban, funky, salsa, grime, hip-hop, R&B, samba… A fabulous opportunity to have fun, dance and let yourself go, on the beach, with the energy, the joy, the magic and the multicultural sophistication of this group. Today’s Jazz!!

- ZETAK (23:30)

Since forming in 2019 ZETAK, fronted by Pello Reparaz, has released two successful albums and numerous singles that have racked up millions of streamings, huge hits in the Basque music scene that have gone on to become anthems for a whole generation: Zeinen Ederra Izango Den, Errepidean, Zoriontasuna… Electronic pop with catchy melodies, sung in Basque.

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