Barely a week to the commencement of the Calabar festival, the senior advisor to the governor on event management, Cross River State, Nzan Ugbe has released the itinerary for the 31 days event which kicks off on Friday.
According to Ugbe, topping the list of the list of international and local musicians expected to perform at the event are R & B and hip hop recording artist, Akon and legendary South African trumpeter, composer and singer, Hugh Masekela at the 2012 Calabar Festival.
Akon who owns and manages two successful record labels, convict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution, will be performing at the festival for a second time.
Nigeria’s biggest music stars such as 2face, M.I., Ice Prince, Psquare, Wizkid, J Martins and Naeto C are also billed to perform during the 31 – day event.
Other local acts include Timaya, Duncan Mighty, Ruggedman, Wande Coal, Iyanya, Nigga Raw, Flavour, and the Azonto exponent, Sakordie from Ghana.
Speaking Music Genres, Jazz music lovers have also been catered for by the organizers of the Festival they lined up Jonathan Butler, Kunle Ayo and Moses Philips to perform at the Jazz in Paradise segment of the festival.
Comedians have also been invited to be part of the event to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians.
The list includes I Go Die, Klint de Drunk, Shirman, Julius Agwu, Gordons, Akpororo, MC Mbakara, Prof. Aboki, White Nigerian, Last Prophet, Headmaster, Whokes and Robert Ekpo.
For the Calabar praise Night, the list of artists is no less impressive as respected acts like Sammy Okposo, Hope Davies, Sinach, Sabina, Ohen de prophet, Kingsley Agbor, and Godswill Daniel.
The festival will also witness the commissioning of a cinema, where the movie; streets of Calabar will premiere.
There will also be the Festival of Arts and Craft, golf and football matches, the selection of a new Calabar Carnival Queen and the Green concert among other new additions to the yearly event.