Nairobi International Jazz Festival

International and local musicians play in this week-long international jazz festival.

The tentative list of performers includes Bona, Yuva Cohen, The Nile Project, Rhythm Junks, as well as local talent Chris Bittock, Eddie Grey, Aaron Rimbui, Jacob Asiyo and Kavutha Mwanzia.

The proceeds from ticket sales (adult ticket Ksh 1.000, Ksh 300 for students) will go to buying instruments for the Ghetto Classics programme organised by the Art of Music Foundation to help young musicians in the Korogocho slums.

The Art of Music Foundation also runs the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya. The festival is sponsored by the telecommunications giant Safaricom – jazz being a passion of its CEO Bob Collymore. With this sort of backing enthusiasts in Kenya are hoping that a serious annual jazz festival has come to stay at last.