Grammy Award winners Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown, multiple Grammy® Award Nominee Gerald Albright and fast rising singer and songwriter Sheléa, thrilled Kenyan jazz fans with an exhilarating performance during the Safaricom Jazz Lounge.

The four, performed their widely celebrated A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas at Mombasa’s Butterfly Pavillion (Haller Park) on 5th December 2015, in what was the first performance of its kind in the coastal city since the first Safaricom International Jazz Festival in February 2014.

Main act

Kirk Whalum

Kirk WhalumSoulful, passionate, stirring…these are the words most often used to describe Kirk’s music.Forged from his Memphis, (TN) gospel roots and his 1980‘s initiation into the thriving Houston, TX nightclub scene, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. Safaricom Jazz will be hos...

supporting acts

Afro Sync Band

Afro Sync Band AfroSync was formed in 2014 with membership consisting of Zach Amunga, Tim Riungu, Uledi Dzidze, George Mutinda and MacKinley Mutsembi.Their style of music can be termed as being a mixture of Afro Jazz and Latin.They have had the opportunity of performing at various events s...

supporting acts

Edward Parseen & the Different Faces Band

Edward Parseen & the Different Faces BandThe band consists of Music Performance Graduate from Kenyatta University Edward Parseen; on the Tenor Saxophone, trumpet and Vocals.Edward the band leader has graced international jazz festivals such as The Royal Carre in Amsterdam 2009, Daughters of Af...

supporting acts

Norman Brown

Norman BrownBorn in Shreveport, Louisiana, and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, Brown first picked up a guitar at the age of 8.He delivered his 1992 debut, Just Between Us, and followed with the gold-certified After The Storm and 1996's Better Days Ahead and his most recent Sending my love. He t...

supporting acts

Sheléa Fraizer

Sheléa Fraizer Sheléa’s musical mastery makes her one of the most exhilarating up and coming artists today.While donning multiple hats of vocalist, songwriter, pianist, arranger and producer, Sheléa evokes the sultry energy of Whitney Houston and the piano chops and writing prowess of Alicia K...

past events