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COMING SOON

“This September, the first series of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival took place with Nigerian jazz guitarist Kunle Ayo. Kunle inspired the crowd to move in dance with his dazzling performance held at the Carnivore as well as captivating the audience with his upbeat and groovy tunes making it a terrific introduction for the upcoming 2015 Safaricom International Jazz Festival.

If you missed it, not to fret; there is even more to celebrate about! Jimmy Dludlu will be the headlining star at the December edition of the Safaricom Jazz series. Jimmy Dludlu’s music will take you away, making your toes tap uncontrollably. With musical influence from the likes of South African legends Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu and Hugh Masekela, Mr. Dludlu’s performance is not one to miss out on and is sure to be one the best jazz events held in Nairobi. Watch this space for more.
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Kunle Ayo

This dazzling live performer has 5 albums with the 6th Album set to be released later this year. For every show Kunle Ayo performs in, he leaves his fans inspired and full of positive energy. As one of the most sought after performers, Kunle Ayo has participated in a number of festivals around the world. He celebrated his 10 years on stage in South Africa on 4th may, 2012 and had Oliver Mtukudzi of Zimbabwe perform as guest artist.

Also on stage were the likes of Mxo, Georgie of Kaya. FM, Bryce Anderson, Aniete Ezeimo and a host of others. In October 2012, he released his gospel project named Jazzin up his praise Volume 1 at The Gathering of Champions which took place at the Excel Centre in London and is due for release in South Africa later this year.

Kunle-ayo
Kunle Ayo

This dazzling live performer has 5 albums with the 6th Album set to be released later this year. For every show Kunle Ayo performs in, he leaves his fans inspired and full of positive energy. As one of the most sought after performers, Kunle Ayo has participated in a number of festivals around the world. He celebrated his 10 years on stage in South Africa on 4th may, 2012 and had Oliver Mtukudzi of Zimbabwe perform as guest artist.

Also on stage were the likes of Mxo, Georgie of Kaya. FM, Bryce Anderson, Aniete Ezeimo and a host of others. In October 2012, he released his gospel project named Jazzin up his praise Volume 1 at The Gathering of Champions which took place at the Excel Centre in London and is due for release in South Africa later this year.

Kunle-ayo

Kunle Ayo

This dazzling live performer has 5 albums with the 6th Album set to be released later this year. For every show Kunle Ayo performs in, he leaves his fans inspired and full of positive energy. As one of the most sought after performers, Kunle Ayo has participated in a number of festivals around the world. He celebrated his 10 years on stage in South Africa on 4th may, 2012 and had Oliver Mtukudzi of Zimbabwe perform as guest artist.

Also on stage were the likes of Mxo, Georgie of Kaya. FM, Bryce Anderson, Aniete Ezeimo and a host of others. In October 2012, he released his gospel project named Jazzin up his praise Volume 1 at The Gathering of Champions which took place at the Excel Centre in London and is due for release in South Africa later this year.

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Richard Bona

Richard Bona was born in the Cameroonian village of Minta. There aren't many musical artists who inhabit both the past and the future as fully as Richard Bona. There aren't many people who've made themselves at home in so many different places. He's lived in skyscrapers and chateaus and huts. He's performed in Paris, Mumbai, and Sydney. He's run for his life with a panther at his heels. Richard Bona sings mostly in his native Douala, but the vulnerability of his plaintive sound is unmistakable across barriers of language. His bass solos are wildly inventive, fervently imitated and transcribed by young musicians all over the world

Yuval Cohen

Yuval Cohen’s own sound—whether solo, with his own groups, or with his siblings—is one of the richest, most exciting 21st century sounds in this ever-evolving music called jazz. Lead alto, Member of the phenomenal family group, “the 3 Cohens”, with his sister and brother, Anat and Avishai Cohen. Member of the international duo, Hamamura-Cohen, and leader of his own quartet, playing original music of his. Performed in the US, Europe, Japan, and in Israel (Red Sea Jazz Festival, Caesaria international Jazz Festival, Tel Aviv Jazz festival).

Rhythm Junks

The Rhythm Junks were founded by Steven De Bruyn and Tony Gyselinck. They noticed the fact that the Belgian artists that made it abroad were those that were doing something grand, something unique. This became The Rhythm Junks’ mission statement: a grand, unique mix that couldn’t care less about detained genres and moreover radiates international appeal and ambition. The Rhythm Junks explicitly never wanted to be a blues band, despite the harmonica. These three gents are musical adventurers that exploit this setting to push the limits as they tear down the walls between musical genres, brick by brick.

Kavutha Mwanzia-Asiyo

Kavutha, one of Kenya’s leading jazz vocalists has been singing since childhood. This talent eventually led to her study of voice, at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA USA. A seasoned performer, Kavutha has been the featured jazz vocalist at various jazz themed events in the East African Region Kavutha is also highly sought vocal coach and has been the being the vocal coach on East Africa’s most popular reality singing competition, Tusker Project Fame.

Eddie Grey

As an artist, Eddie Grey has been considered a fore runner in the entertainment circles and specifically for his contribution to jazz in East Africa. His roots in music begin long before he first touched an instrument. He was born in what he describes as an ordinary family in a modest country side setting. He describes music as one of the powerful tools in communication. His passion can be seen as he represents musicians in various non-profitable features including the recent UNICEF Haiti fundraiser among others.

The Aaron Rimbui Quintet

The Aaron Rimbui Quintet was formed in 2005 by Aaron Rimbui. The band began as with Aaron Rimbui(Keyboards) and Asaph Uzele (Bass), and George Mutinda (drums) joining in later. The band functioned as a trio then later welcomed members Willy Rama (percussion) Kato Change (Guitars). The band has opened for such notable acts as Gerald Albright (Sierra Jazz Fest, Nairobi) Erykah Badu (Tusker Lite Experience, Nairobi) Donell Jones (Tusker Lite Experience, Nairobi) and Hugh Masekela (Nairobi).

Jacob Asiyo

Jacob is multi-faceted musician, a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and arranger in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres. He has been at the fore-front of exposing the Kenyan market to the tradition of jazz with his vast repertoire of Jazz Standards. Comfortable as a soloist, his compositions are a merger of Kenyan melodies & rhythms with complex chordal & rhythmic jazz arrangements. As part of a traditional jazz trio of piano, bass & drums, Jacob performs with his longtime collaborator Stanley Kyaloon bass guitar.

NILE Project

The Nile Project is a cross-cultural musical collaboration initiative that seeks to address cultural and environmental issues rooted in the Nile basin. By using an innovative approach that combines music, informal education, and an enterprise platform, the project’s mission is to inspire, educate, and empower Nile citizens to work together in hopes of fostering a more sustainable river system. Jorga Mesfin who is a member of the Nile Project is a self taught musician with influences that span the spirit and innovation of Jazz and the ancient and diverse sounds found in Ethiopian music.

Chris Bittok

Chris Bittok is a name that has been synonymous with the fast-growing jazz and general live entertainment following in Kenya. With live music being his forte and the Saxophone his principal instrument, he further felt the need to “up” the game in terms of the local concert experience and this led to the founding of the successful concert series appropriately dubbed “Sax in the City” in 2011 which has staged 8 concerts (including two privately staged sponsored events). The show brings together a cast of other Saxophone players and artists from the region (and soon internationally) for uniquely themed performances at every staging.

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