Jazz Fest – Discover the beguiling world of jazz at this year’s Safaricom International Jazz festival

Picture was taken by Jackson Mnyamwezi

In case you saw people or a person playing the trumpet on the street on your way to work this morning, then you’re probably aware that the fifth Safaricom International Jazz Festival is upon us.

Held at the Intercontinental hotel in Nairobi, the event’s press conference was attended by some of jazz’s most talented performers, most of whom will be performing at the festival. Among the attendees were BWB (America), Jimek (Poland), Femme Fusion (Kenya + Britain), Limericks (Kenya), Mambo tribe (Kenya), the Betty Bears (Israel), Lean (Belgium), Joja Wendt (Germany) Gloria Bosman (South Africa) and Ghetto Classics (Kenya).

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Ghetto Classics

This year, the festival turns five, and they have more to celebrate than just the jazz enthusiasts they’ve brought together time and time again. Over the course of the festival’s four-year journey, Safaricom has proven its track record through the social goals they have achieved using the funds they’ve raised from previous festivals.

Safaricom has donated close to KSh. 37 million shillings from proceeds of the jazz festival since it was first held in 2014. One of the beneficiaries is the Art of music foundation that was founded in 2009 to promote art music in Kenya. One of the key programmes of the foundation is the Ghetto Classics – made up of youths from Korogocho slums – who will be performing with Jimek on Sunday.

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Kasiva Mutua at the Jam sessions at the Alchemist (Photo by Jackson Mnyamwezi)

Sylvia Mulinge, who is standing in for Bob Collymore (the brains behind the festival), said at the press conference that the festival is one of the most ingenious activities Safaricom has ever been a part of. She added that the Safaricom CEO was recovering well and very involved in the process.
The price of tickets for the VIP show, happening today, will be KSh. 10,000 per head and KSh. 150,000 for a corporate table. Tickets prices for the main show that will be held on Sunday, February 25th at the Kasarani Training Grounds, will go for KSh. 2,000 regular and KSh. 500 students.

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