It’s An All-African Stars Line-Up For International Jazz Day

18 April of 2019 by

Kenyan Jazz enthusiasts and aficionados should brace themselves for an amplifying Jazz performance at the Carnivore grounds.

Joining the worldwide fans to celebrate International Jazz Day, Kenyans will be treated to an All-African Stars Line up courtesy of Safaricom Jazz.

The concert themed “Celebrating African Jazz” will be headlined by renowned drummer Paco Sery from Ivory Coast and noted keyboardist and vocalist Cheick Tidiane Seck from Mali.

Also, on stage will be Mandla Mlangeni and The Tune Creation Committee from South Africa and Kenyan acts Nairobi Horns Project, Shamsi Music, Kato Change and the Change Experience, Jacob and Kavutha Asiyo, and the Ghetto Classics.

Paco Sery began his career in 1980 when respected French organist Eddy Loiuss sent out a call for artists for a record he was making. He successfully played on the record and has been active as a musician ever since.

He got a break in his career when Austrian-American synthesizer virtuoso Joe Zawinul took him under his wing. Fellow performer Seck is a Malian composer who has written for and played with world-famous African musicians such as Fela Kuti, Salif Keita, Youssou N’Dour and American jazz maestros Dee Dee Bridgewater and the late Hank Jones.

“It’s great to see more Kenyans appreciating homegrown jazz talent, and we are honoured to be part of the growth of the local jazz scene. Nairobi Horns Project released their debut album Black in Gold in February, Shamsi Music has performed in Festival Jazzy Koum Ben in Bamako, Mali and the number of young musicians enrolled in the Ghetto Classics music programme has grown from about 300 when we started supporting them in 2014, to about 1,500,” said Mr. Collymore Safaricom CEO and Safaricom International Jazz Festival Founder.

Make a date this May and get your Jazzy shoes on.


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