Safaricom has announced the leading Kenyan acts that will perform on International Jazz Day, which will be held on Sunday 30th April at the Carnivore Grounds.
The concert, dubbed Kenyan Jazz All Stars Edition, will open the 2017-2018 season of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival and will be headlined by a stellar line-up of Kenyan jazz musicians including: Nairobi Horns Project, Shamsi Music, Mwai & The Truth, AfroSync, Edward Parseen and The Different Faces, Jacob Asiyo & Kavutha Mwanzia-Asiyo, James Gogo, Juma Tutu, Eddie Grey and Chris Bittok.
“We’re excited to be marking the 5th anniversary of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival, and we feel there is no better way to begin celebrating this milestone by kicking off with an afternoon of great performances by some of Kenya’s most well known and loved jazz artists,” said Bob Collymore, CEO – Safaricom.
Also performing at the Sunday afternoon show will be Ghetto Classics, who are quickly making a name for themselves as some of Kenya’s most musically gifted youngsters.
“Working with Ghetto Classics has really opened our eyes to the power of music, and the funds raised through the jazz festivals over the years are helping us transform over 900 young lives in Nairobi and Mombasa. This year we’re handing over a cheque of Kshs 17 million to the programme, up from Kshs 12 million raised during the 2015-2016 edition,” said Mr. Collymore.
Safaricom has been supporting the not-for-profit programme, which equips young boys and girls from underprivileged backgrounds with music skills, since 2014. Ghetto Classics is run by the Art of Music Foundation and has steadily increased its reach since its beginnings in a small church compound in Korogocho, benefitting from Kshs 37 million raised through the jazz festival over the last four years.
Tickets to the event are available at The Michael Joseph Centre, Safaricom shops and via M-Ticketing by dialing 1511.