Giant telecommunication firm Safaricom will inaugurate monthly jazz concerts in Kenya starting this July.
Dubbed the Safaricom Jazz Night, the series of concerts are intended to give Kenyan jazz musicians a platform to showcase their talent, while at the same time meeting growing demand for quality live music performances.
Jazz lovers will be in for a treat at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge, slated for August 12 where globally acclaimed South African jazz maestro Hugh Masekela will be the star attraction.
While the two-time Grammy Award nominee is not new to Kenya, this will be his first appearance at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge, which is one of a series of events that lead-up to the annual Safaricom International Jazz Festival.
Three bands selected from a round of competitive auditions will perform at the inaugural Jazz Night scheduled for July 28 at the Nairobi’s Intercontinental Hotel.
They are the Nairobi Horns Project, Mwai and The Truth and Shamsi Music.
The first edition of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival was held in February 2014 and was headlined by New-York based Cameroonian artist Richard Bona.