We found it imperative to speak to Kimah Kay, a great contributor to the Ghetto Classics Academy so we can have a better feel of what to expect of the Safaricom Jazz festival that is slated to begin today.

Kimah currently runs the Ghetto Classics Resource Centre and is a former music tutor of the academy. He is a trained pianist, guitarist, singer,.. you can say music runs through his veins. He has pursued music throughout his education career and has been with Ghetto Classics from 2015. He gave us this insight:

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Kimah Kay

Ghetto Classics (GC): GC is a community based programme that aims to transform lives of over 650 children in Nairobi’s slum areas through music. The programme uses music education to provide the youth with opportunities to better themselves and their communities, equipping them with skills in live music performance as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty that many of them are born into.

Expectations of this year’s Jazz festival: A whole lot of good music by Ghetto Classics. GC are providing supporting performances to Marcus Miller, the main act.

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Preparedness levels: The performing team has been hard at rehearsals and is pretty confident they’ll provide an out-of-world performance. They especially can’t wait for the main festival on Sunday the 17th, where they promise to blow our minds.

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Supporting GC: Play Kenyan music #PlayKE ! The academy is working hard at changing perceptions and mindsets when it comes to classical and jazz music. You can also attend the festival this coming weekend as the festival’s proceeds are going to the GC program.

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2018/2019 Proceeds: Proceeds from the 2018/2019 Safaricom Jazz edition will see the Ghetto Classics Schools programme extend to Kisumu.

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)

See you there!



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