Safaricom International Jazz Festival Featuring Salif Keita
Treat yourself to exceptional tunes by the legendary Salif Keita on 29th August 2015 at the Bomas of Kenya. James Gogo and the Gogo Simo Band will curtain raise the event. Dial 1511 to get your tickets via M-ticketing, Advance tickets Ksh 1500 and Ksh 2000 at the gate. All proceeds from the Safaricom Jazz Festival will be donated to Ghetto Classics.
Born in Mali, Salif Keita came from a noble family. In 1970, at the age of 18, Salif Keita left Djoliba for Bamako, where he spent time as a street musician and playing in bars. The first group that he worked with was the Rail Band, a state-sponsored ensemble that was based at a Bamako railway station hotel. In 1973, Salif Keita left the Rail Band, and with guitarist Kante Manfila he joined Les Ambassadeurs, which later became Les Ambassadeurs International.
In 1984 Les Ambassadeurs Internationales broke up, and Salif Keita moved to Paris, launching a career that saw him recording the classic Soro album in 1987. With help from Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter and a number of carefully picked musicians from Mali and France, Zawinul produced Amen, the album that made Salif the first African band leader to win a Grammy nomination. Although Salif Keita now tours extensively internationally, and is based in Paris for much of the year, he still resides in Mali.