Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Kenyan Jazz Stars Shine At Fete; To Join Grammy Winners On Stage
Safaricom unveiled the Kenyan jazz bands that will curtain raise for Grammy Award Winners Kirk Whalum and Norman Albright, as well as multiple Grammy Award Nominee Gerald Albright and upcoming star Shelea Frazier at the December edition of the Safaricom Jazz Lounge.
The two bands were unveiled during the Safaricom Night of Kenyan Jazz, an intimate concert held at the Michael Joseph Centre to kick off a round of events that will take place before the main Safaricom International Jazz Festival set for February 2016.
“The performances by AfroSync and Edward Parseen and the Different Faces Band gave our audience a glimpse into the electric performances we can expect at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge in December, where some of jazz music’s most celebrated musicians will perform their highly acclaimed production: A Gospel According to Jazz,”
The bands were selected following auditions held at the Michael Joseph Centre earlier “We want to give more local jazz artists a platform to give Kenyans a taste of their music, and there is no better platform than the Safaricom Jazz Lounge and Safaricom International Jazz Festival,” added Mr. Collymore.
The concert comes barely three months after music lovers were treated to a world class jazz and Afro-pop experience by African music legend Salif Keita, during the Safaricom Jazz Lounge held at the Bomas of Kenya, in August.
All proceeds from the Safaricom Jazz Lounge will go towards supporting Ghetto Classics, a music programme based in Korogocho Slums that seeks to provide an opportunity for children from underprivileged backgrounds to explore their musical Tickets to the Safaricom Jazz Lounge go on sale on Friday 20th November, and will be retailing at Ksh.1,500 for advance tickets, Ksh.2,000 at the gate and Ksh.500 for students.
They will be available from select Safaricom outlets (Sarit Centre, Thika Road Mall, Galleria Mall, Junction Mall, BuruBuru, Village Market, I&M and Nakumatt Mega in Nairobi, and Nyali and Rex Shop in Mombasa).