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Two-time Grammy award winner Marcus Miller will headline the Safaricom International Jazz Festival scheduled for 11th – 17th February 2019. At the top of his game for over 30 years, Miller is the winner of the 2013 Edison Award for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz (Holland), winner of the 2010 Victoire du Jazz (France) and in 2013, was appointed a UNESCO Artist For Peace.

His characteristic bass sound can be heard on a limitless catalog of musical hits from Bill Wither’s “Just the Two of Us”, to Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much”, to songs from Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Elton John and Bryan Ferry.

The 6th edition of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival also features supporting performances from Kenyan guitarist Kato Change, Ghetto Classics (Kenya), The Safaricom Youth Orchestra (Kenya), Jazzrausch Bigband (Germany), Toine Thys Trio feat Herve Samb (Belgium), Yazmin Lacey (United Kingdom), Viviane (Portugal) and the Omri Mor Trio (Israel).

Proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to the Ghetto classics music programme, which has been the Safaricom Jazz beneficiary since 2014 and has so far received an estimated KES 60 million, funds that have benefitted over 1,400 children from Nairobi and Mombasa. Proceeds from the 2018/2019 Edition will see the Ghetto Classics Schools programme extend to Kisumu.

Safaricom Jazz 2019 Booklet

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Marcus Miller

Two-time Grammy award winner Marcus Miller will headline the Safaricom International Jazz Festival scheduled for 11th – 17th February 2019. At the top of his game for over 30 years, Miller is the winner of the 2013 Edison Award for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz (Holland), winner of the 2010 Victoire...

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Kato Change

Kato Change (Kenya) is a self-taught guitarist whose technique was nurtured by an emerging online community of musicians on YouTube. His self-directed style draws from a heritage of African music as well as Blues and Jazz.In 2012, Kato was a Fellow in the U.S Department of State's One beat pro...

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Toine Thys Trio

Belgian saxophonist Toine Thys brings his powerfull trio to Kenya for the first time.Toine Thys is a bold and reckless musician, a central figure for saxophone in Europe. With his Toine Thys Trio, they released 3 cds in the last 10 years, all were critically acclaimed. They toured extensively i...

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Yazmin Lacey

Yazmin Lacey sings with the directness and emotional clarity of classic soul. Having written in her bedroom for her whole life, she began to play acoustic shows in 2014. As her reputation grew locally in Nottingham, she came to meet the diverse group of musicians who would form her band.Togethe...

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The Jazzrausch Bigband

The Jazzrausch Bigband is the world's first resident big band of an internationally renowned techno club. Founded 2014 in Munich, this big band has been quietly revolutionizing the German club scene with endlessly inventive performances.Their schedule includes more than 120 annual concerts and ...

event details

VIP Show

Date: Friday 15th February 2019

Venue: Kasarani Training Grounds

Entry Charges: KES 10,000 for per person and KES 150,000 for Corporate Tables

Gates open at 6PM, show starts at 8PM

Main Festival

Date: Sunday 17th February 2019.

Venue: Kasarani Training Grounds

Entry Charges: Ksh. 2,000 for adults and Ksh. 500 for students (proof of ID must be provided)

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