Billy Ocean to headline The Hamptons Jazz Festival

  • The show returns with a vengeance in which the comfort of fans is supreme in the organisers’ minds

THATO CHUMA

After a two-year hiatus, The Hamptons Jazz Festival promises to restore its stature as one of the leading annual calendar events that Batswana look forward to. With headliners such as the iconic Billy Ocean, Amanda Black and Salif Keita alongside 10 local acts, the event is scheduled for 23 to 24 March at Duma FM Grounds.

Says founder Debbie Smith: “The Hamptons Jazz Festival is a Botswana brand that aims to attract a mature audience that enjoys live jazz entertainment in a serene environment. This event now attracts revellers from neighbouring countries, giving it a pan-African feel. Imagine yourself in the summer sun, feet on the green grass while tapping them to live jazz rythms.”

Having experienced a reputational dent due to overcrowding in the past, Smith addressed the media in April last year about how they will improve attendees’ experience at the festival, saying the line-up would be of international standards.

“The numbers were too much for Duma FM Grounds in the 2016 event,” Debbie has been quoted by BotswanaUnplugged as having said. “We have