I have always liked to listen to blues and jazz, I often play when entertaining guests or just as relaxing background music while working and this is why I lept at the opportunity to attend the Safaricom Jazz pre Festival party two days ago. The weekly themed parties were for the event sponsors, the media and partner countries. I chose to attend the UK night for a whole host of reasons. This show was packed with energy and celebration bound to turn any music lover into an overnight jazz fan – Like my cousin who joined me for this evening, she was never really keen on jazz but I admire her resolve to try – not only jazz but the different genres of music. Needless to say, she had an amazing evening of jazz appreciation.
This show acted as a springboard for the main event this coming Sunday and the different fusions of jazz were incredible! This is particularly true for the music of the British-Asian clarinetist Arun Ghosh, who’s performance I attended on Wednesday. His unique style of traditional jazz infused with Indian classical music, as well as rock and hip-hop has turned me into an enthusiastic jazz lover over night. It was amazing how well his personal concept of fusion jazz blended perfectly well with that of the Nairobi Horn Project, a group of three Kenyan musicians who joined him on stage for an awesome jam session. I can only imagine how amazing Sunday will be seeing the amazing lineup they have this year.So do put on your dancing shoes and go to the Kasarani Stadium for the major festival concert on Sunday. Find out more details and ticket sales here.
The outfit I went for had just the right amount of movement to allow me to dance the evening away while still keeping warm.