International Jazz Day in Central Africa

UNESCO's African Field Offices are teaming up to celebrate the 10th edition of International Jazz Day on 30 April 2021!

Created at the initiative of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock and recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities around the world each year to celebrate jazz and the role this musical genre plays in fostering dialogue, fighting discrimination and promoting human dignity. 

As UNESCO has reminded us throughout the celebrations, jazz is much more than music - it is a universal message of peace, a harmonious combination of rhythm and meaning, which carries values that are dear to us all and offers valuable insights into mutual understanding, through listening, playing and improvisation. Also, as the great Manu Dibango said in an interview with the UNESCO Courier in 1991, music is "the most spontaneous, natural form of contact between one person and another." Thus, jazz is also a symbol of unity, diversity and intercultural exchange, which aims to bring Africa and its diaspora together.

This celebration will serve as prelude to the upcoming Biennale of Luanda: "Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace" which be held in October 2021, and whose overall objective is to strengthen the Pan-African Movement for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence through the establishment of a global multi-stakeholder partnership between governments; civil society; the artistic and scientific community; the private sector and international organizations.

Enjoy from home a series of concerts given by amazing African and international jazz artists and join us for an online roundtable on jazz and rumba music!

Jazz is much more than music, it's a universal message of peace!