The very first funk/jazz/soul/pop music festival is established in Belgrade this year. It took place from 24th until 27th of July at one very lovely location in the city center, Kalemegdan fortress. Festival was created by Bitef Art Cafe. Four days of concert and after parties offered four headliners from the different music background, djs and local bends.
On the first day the main headliner was Italian acid jazz and bossa nova versatile musician who is a guitarist, bandleader, producer and a DJ. The local band MaraQya warmed up the audience in the crowded, but not to crowded space. Nicola Conte performed live with his band followed by a new singer. The concert was very fine and he continued the next day playing DJ set at Bitef Art Cafe for which I heard was “pure sex” described by a friend of mine, a music connoisseur. That day another musician performed live, Mario Biondi known as Italian Berry White. But, I was never adorer of his music so I skipped this one and attended the concert of Keziah Jones next day. Keziah was “ubercool”. Nice playing, nice singing and lots of energy on the stage. And you know who is Keziah Jones right?!
Last night of the Musicology was marked by awful weather but still young and enthusiastic guys from Dirty Loops held concert and closed the very first edition of Musicology festival. Audience was under the umbrellas but I heard guys gave a good performance.
In a few words, this festival was something new and fresh in the Belgrade music scene. The festival was not pretentious, neither had aggressive marketing campaign. Nice line up, nice music and good vibe-everything was fine.
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.