Friday, August 29th

It is with great honor that we announce the arrival of Rod Stewart to Curaçao North Sea Jazz. The legendary singer will perform on the Sam Cooke stage on Friday, August 29th. Soul singer Joss Stone, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and will also perform at the festival that day. Saturday will see the arrival of Janelle Monáe, Boz Scaggs and Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9.

A high-energy concert celebration, Rod Stewart's set list dazzles fans with iconic rock and R&B favorites including ‘Maggie May,’ ‘I Don’t Want To Talk About It,’ ‘Hot Legs,’ ‘You’re In My Heart,’ ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy,’ ‘Sailing,’ ‘Some Guys Have All The Luck,’ ‘Young Turks’ and ‘Forever Young.’ With his singular voice, narrative songwriting and passionate live performances, Rod Stewart has built one of the most successful and enduring music careers of all time. In a career spanning more than five decades, he has amassed sales of more than 150 million albums worldwide, has had countless chart-topping hits and received many industry accolades including 18 Grammy nominations and two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was bestowed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by the Queen of England in 2007 and became a New York Times bestselling author in Fall 2012 with the release of his highly-anticipated autobiography. In May 2013, Stewart released ‘Time’, his first rock album in a dozen years. The album features 11 original tracks and marks Rod’s return to songwriting after nearly two decades. ‘Time’ entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 1, setting a new British record for the longest gap between chart-topping albums by an artist. In the U.S. it marked Stewart’s highest-charting album of original material since 1979.

In 2003, British soul singer Joss Stone stunned the music world with her much-talked-about debut album of covers. The fact that she was just fifteen when she recorded ‘The Soul Sessions’ seemed incredible: Stone’s voice sounded nothing like a teenager’s but rather is reminiscent of a seasoned singer who has spent years in smoky nightclubs. It’s no wonder that ‘The Soul Sessions’ has become a modern classic and has sold millions of copies. 10 years on from those stunning debut sessions, Joss has decided to bring things full circle and revisit where it all began - with her follow up to that multi million selling debut; The Soul Sessions Volume 2 is a stunning exercise in vocal poise, passion and power, showcasing some great songs and an artist at the peak of her vocal powers.

Being the son of the world famous Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti was raised with afrobeat. As a little boy of nine he already performed with Egypt 80 as a warm-up act for his father. The hypnotizing mix of jazz, funk, and African rhythms came naturally, as did the political impact of the music.

Finally, a successor for Prince has been found. And her name is Janelle Monáe. Monáe creates highly danceable, funky tunes that are inspired by several sources, ranging from jazz to soul, and from hip-hop to world music. In 2010 her debut album ArchAndroid was released on Sean Combs's label Bad Boy Entertainment. This album received acclaim from critics and garnered a nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards. The song "Tightrope" was also nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance at the same ceremony. This album was also more successful commercially, officially reaching the number 17 spot on the Billboard Charts. Her success has also garnered her six Grammy nominations in 2012. Late last year saw the release of the successor of this album, The Electric Lady.

William Royce ‘Boz’ Scaggs made his name as a guitarist in the Steve Miller Band. As a solo artist, he scored several Top 20 hit singles in the United States, including the well-known hits ‘Lowdown,’ ‘What Can I Say,’ and ‘Lido Shuffle’ from the critically acclaimed album ‘Silk Degrees,’ which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Scaggs continues to write, record music and tour. His latest album ‘Memphis’ dates from 2013. In that year he also did a tour with Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald called ‘Dukes of September Rhythm Revue.’

From the moment that New Orleans legend Henry Butler took up residence in Brooklyn, it seemed only a matter of time before this gifted singer and pianist from the Mississippi Delta would look to collaborate with New York trumpeter and bandleader Steven Bernstein. Add Bernstein’s Hot 9 band to the mix and the result is steamy music with the brass section taking the lead on top of driving rhythms in a repertoire rich in classic New Orleans numbers.