Jazz Music

Ssignal Productions Emancipation Jazz and Soul Festival: A Look at the Music, Culture, and Impact of These Celebrations

The Father of all Black Music was fastly dying in Guyana and in 2013 Mr. Bonny Alves CEO of SSignal Productions decided that an act of resuscitation was necessary. In August 2013 the 1st SSignal Productions Annual Emancipation Jazz & Soul was held at the Umana Yana which was a welcome return for Jazz fans who were starved for this genre of music. In honor of our Emancipation, songs performed were composed or covered by Black international artistes.

By the 2nd year overseas acts began to be added to the 
cast which started with US based Guyanese
Saxophonist Berklee Graduate Courtney Fadlin for 6
years. Jamaican/American Trumpeter and Singer
Sean Taylor was added at the 3rd year which was held
at the Georgetown Club. Back at the Umana Yana for
our 5th year we welcomed London based Guyanese
Flautist, Keith Waithe, African American Guitarist
Kevin Ikenpi and the Southern Caribbean Saxophone
Quartet were welcomed to our stage which saw the
patrons coming out in their hundreds and had us
bursting at the seams trying to map out
accommodation for them. The 6th & 7th year we
introduced Trinidadian Trumpeter Rellon Brown at the
Police Officers Mess and the Umana Yana respectively. Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic there was no production of the Emancipation Jazz & Soul 2020 – but in 2021 there was a Virtual presentation comprising of our local acts. In 2022 we were happy to be back in the public domain, but with a smaller cast and no overseas acts which was still pretty much appreciated by the crowd who attended. In 2023 we are seeking to have Guyanese Saxophonist of the Ninja Band of New York KING SOU FLANTIS, Trinidadian Mr. Rellon Brown with his Band Dominent Seventh together with the Simon Bolivar Jazz Ensemble from Venezuela to have a worthy 10th Celebration.