It’s no secret that the Kenyan music industry is growing in a tremendous way and from the way fans across the country are receiving new and fresh sounds, it’s no doubt that we are yet to see more growth in 2018; starting with the arrival of the AfroLect Festival.
The first edition of the AfroLect Jazz & Roots Festival takes place on Jan 27th from 4pm.
Set in Purdy Arms in Karen, the first edition of the AfroLect Jazz & Roots Festival will feature the eclectic sounds of Idd Aziz, Tetu Shani and the Nairobi Horns Project, with DJ Kace holding down the decks – plus a special appearance by Kato Change.
AfroLect is riding on the rapidly expanding jazz and live music scene in Nairobi that has made it necessary for new platforms, as listeners continually seek new experiences.
As a festival, AfroLect aims to present Jazz, African and Roots music, and subsequent editions will feature performers from across Africa and the globe. Also, the festival will continually offer a platform to Kenyan performers who are keen to grow globally recognized music and brands, and Idd Aziz, Tetu Shani and Nairobi Horns are worthy ambassadors.
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Nairobi Horns Project (NHP)
NHP remains a musical force of nature of incalculable influence. Fronted by a three-man horn section (Mackinlay on trumpet, Rabai on saxophone and Victor on trombone), fuse their influential genres of music jazz, soul, hip-hop, and Latin music to create a unique type of music that full of energy. Their ongoing recording project, modern classics, aims at recording interpretations of local Kenyan music people grew up listening to from the 90s and 2000s, and giving them a new voice. In 2016, The band has released an EP titled Kipepeo (Swahili for Butterfly).
NHP have made noteworthy appearances on Coke Studio Africa, the Sauti Sol African Tour, Safaricom International Jazz Festival, Sax in The City, The Koroga Festival.
Multi-talented indie pop singer Idd Aziz could cast a magical spell with his music. His love and passion for cultural music has greatly influenced his musical style on percussion and vocals. Idd Aziz also has a lot of experience playing the guitar, flute and a variety of African percussions. He draws his musical diversity from his coastal roots which he has harnessed to curate music that combines world sounds with a deep African sound. The sound derived from his music is aimed at inspiring positive change and awakening.
As singer songwriter Aziz has worked with notable music writers such as Heing Siumaro and Trondheim orchestra. Additionally, he has performed alongside international acts such as: Alpha Blondy, Youssou n’Dour and Angelique Kidjo
A Self-taught percussionist and guitarist, Tetu Shani has since become an award winning singer-songwriter who currently describes his sound as Afro pop-rock, which is a blend of indie rock, Afro-pop and folkloric rhythms from Kenya. He is renowned for his musical versatility, his versatility, storytelling and dynamic range which has led to him playing shows in Ethiopia, Uganda and Zanzibar as well as sharing the stage with artists such as Sauti Sol, Nneka from Nigeria, Toya Delazy from South Africa and Grammy nominee and UK recording artist Joss Stone.
He won the Silver Award at the 2017 Global Music Awards for his song Samalina, and won Best New Age Contemporary Artist at the inaugural 2017 Cafe Ngoma Awards.
With all this and much more, AfroLect promises varied musical moods and shades; from Idd’s earthy sound, to Tetu’s troubadour musical journeys and Nairobi Horns’ raw energy.
Advance tickets are on sale at Ksh 1,000 via MyMookh.com