Ready for Safaricom International Jazz Day?
Date: 1st May 2019
Time: 12 Noon
Venue: Carnivore grounds Nairobi
Buy Tickets: Dial 1511 or visit https://www.masoko.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=safaricom+jazz
“Jazz is not just music, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of being, a way of thinking.”
Whenever anyone tells me they don’t know any jazz song or know any artist performing at Safaricom International Jazz, I just smile and tell them that they don’t have to.
See to me Jazz has become more of a feeling, an emotion, a way of life that helps me make sense of how I’m feeling and my experiences.
You don’t find Jazz, Jazz finds you! Jazz identifies your emotions and captures you. Jazz is an experience.
It can neither be put into words nor be defined. So what more reason do you need to go for the African edition of Safaricom International Jazz Festival?
Nelson Mandela put it right, “The curious beauty of African music is that it uplifts even as it tells a sad tale. You may be poor, you may have only a ramshackle house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope.”
On the 1st of May 2019 Safaricom Jazz will be hosting a lineup of African Jazz Legends:
- Paco Sery from Ivory Coast
- Cheick Tidiane Seck from Mali
- Mandla Mlangeni and the Tune Creation Committee from South Africa
What’s a Jazz Party without some Kenyan flavor, huh?
Also on stage:
- Ghetto Classics
- Nairobi Horns Project
- Shamsi Music
- Kato Change and the Change Experience
- Jacob and Kavutha Asiyo
Importance of international Jazz Day
International Jazz Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people. Many governments, civil society organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens currently engaged in the promotion of jazz music will embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.
- Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance;
- Jazz is a vector of freedom of expression;
- Jazz is a symbol of unity and peace;
- Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities;
- Jazz fosters gender equality;
- Jazz reinforces the role youth play for social change;
- Jazz encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones;
- Jazz stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies.
So what more reasons do you need to be at the Carnivore Grounds on the 1st of May 2019.
Come and let’s celebrate African Jazz together,
Tuonane Safaricom Jazz!
By: Vannessa Ndinda