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Some great musicians grace the Malta Jazz Festival stages / Lovin Malta

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Valletta's magnificent Grand Harbour sets the backdrop to the Malta Jazz Festival. This event has become a byword for high-calibre performances, which delight jazz aficionados and lay persons alike. The festival, which runs from 16 to 21 July, boasts three of the biggest names in jazz today – Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Nasheet Waits, John Patitucci and many others. Held over six days in various venues across Valletta's historical setting, the festival promises to be one of the highlights of the summer festivals, presenting an eclectic range of styles, which make up the contemporary jazz scene.

Perfectly on time, Malta's capital city is back with another edition of the Jazz Festival this weekend. While people chill, drink, sway, and pretend like they know shit about jazz, some great musicians will be gracing the stages for a diverse three days. Why? Because the acts included are super diverse. So diverse, in fact, that even jazz-noobs will feel welcome and amazing at this year's festival.

Included in this year's unmissable lineup is the newly-formed international music ensemble named after the Creole word for "exchange" - Bokante, which brings together some highly accomplished musicians from all around the world. Among the eight musicians from four continents (all hailing from beloved acts like Snarky Puppy, Sting and Yo-Yo Ma) stands Malika Tirolien, a Guadeloupe resident who went from quitting seven bands to taking the lead in Cirque Du Soleil's La Nouba. The young jazz star will be belting out some beautiful harmonies alongside the all-new world music supergroup, closing off Friday night the only way they know how to do; excellently.

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