Broadcaster and journalist Sarfraz Manzoor who will be coming to the Isle of Wight for the Isle of Arts festival. Picture by Steve Ullathorne.
RESPECTED journalist and broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor has joined the bill for this year's Isle of Arts festival.
Organisers announced today (Tuesday) that Sarfraz, a regular Guardian contributor and cultural commentator on television and radio, will appear at Ventnor Baptist Church, on Saturday, April 20.
Jazz guitarist Femi Temowo has also been confirmed for the event and will perform at the Spyglass Inn, also on the Saturday.
The Nigerian-born musician was musical director for Amy Winehouse between 2004 and 2005 and has worked with the likes of The Roots, Wynton Marsalis and Andrea Bocelli.
Isle of Arts spokeswoman Gillian Jenner said: "A firm favourite with the likes of Courtney Pine, the guys at Ronnie Scott’s and the late Amy Winehouse, we’re expecting Femi’s effortlessly interweaving of Nigerian folk rhythms and modern jazz to be a favourite with our festival audiences."
He will be accompanied by Troy Miller on drums and Karl Rasheed Abel on bass.
She added: "Earlier in the evening, Radio 4 broadcaster, Sarfraz Manzoor will be taking us on a humorous journey through his life and revealing how Bruce Springsteen's songs saved him, then helped him get out of Luton and find the woman of his dreams.
"The Guardian writer and BBC Culture Show reporter believes The Boss’ work contains the secrets of life, love and happiness.
"Sarfraz will be inviting our audience to share their dilemmas and will be giving advice based on the lyrics of the ultimate blue-collar hero."