The 17th edition of the Jazz Festival of Saint Louis will take place from 28th to the 31st of May 2009 under the patronage of the Banque Internationale pour le Commerce et l’Industrie du Senegal (BICIS) a BNP Paribas subsidiary in Senegal .

For almost a decade now, BICIS has been a sponsor of the festival,taking place in the second largest city in Senegal . This year, thanks to the cooperation with the BNP Paribas Foundation, two internationally acclaimed performers are to make an appearance : Eizabeth Kontomanou and the drums quartet of Simon Gourbet.

The jazzwoman Elizabeth Kontomanou, accompanied by her pianist, and Simon Gourbet along with the with three other musicians from his quartet, will play to the delight of the public of the festival.

Thanks to the close collaboration with BNP Paribas foundation, which supports both of the starring musicians, BICIS was able to invite these world class artists to play along with Senegalese local musicians and experience cultlral and artistic exchange in the framework of the Stait-Louise jazz festival.

The Quai des Arts in Saint Louis, will also host performances by HDV Trio, Amina Myers, Talking Horns, Géraldine Laurent, Richard Galliano, Ale Moller Band, as well as some other Senegalese musiciand such as Ablaye Cissoko, Mama Sadio, Khabane, Jamal, Guame.