Now on its third year, join Kenya’s premiere multiday and venue Jamhuri Festival 2018 in celebration of Kenya’s Independence Day through music and arts this festive season. The 2018 edition of Jamhuri Festival (11th -16th Dec 2018) promises to be a hit, taking center stage in a fusion of music, arts and fashion paired with several performances and activities set at six different Nairobi venues—SXSX style in the heart of Nairobi!
The annual festival will open big on its first day (Tuesday 11th Dec 2018) with a special and nostalgic showcase just ahead of Kenya’s Independence Day with a main concert and stage. All 9 venues will present Kenya’s top music acts and notable and uprising musicians—all who will perform their music live in shows themed in different genres. See schedule below:
o 11th Dec 2018: Matatu Mix (Main Stage) – National Museums of Kenya
o 12th Dec 2018: Jamhuri Jam Sessions – Nyama Mama Delta
o 13th Dec 2018: Open Mic Sessions – Dagos Bar
o 13th Dec 2018: Hip Hop Hooray – 5One Bar
o 14th Dec 2018: IMadeKenyaChallenge – J’s Bar Westlands
o 14th Dec 2018: KEMPA Jam Session – Nyama Mama Delta
o 15th Dec 2018: Acoustic Garden – Goat Social
o 15th Dec 2018: Time Machine – DeJa Vu
o 16th Dec 2018: Jamhuri Living Room Sessions – Venue disclosed after ticket purchase
The festival’s direction this year will be to highlight the stars of tomorrow and today. As the festival has done in the past, Jamhuri Festival 2018 will present scripted performances pitting young stars with an established lot—a combination only bound to display breathtaking performances.
Ahead of the festival’s anticipated series of showcases, Tom Olang’o: Founder and Curator of festival says, “As a unit, we have had such an amazing year full of learning since last year’s edition. Through the period we have worked with exceptional artists, as well as done some major gigs as concert producers. All this process and experience has led us to create for our audience this year a curation that will carry the spirit of what we have experienced in a year; the blood, sweat, tears and a whole lot of joy and love. I know that through song and dance many will relate and get to appreciate our perspective of life. It will be a worthwhile experience for all so don’t miss out to experience Kenya’s very own beautiful art and talent in Kenya,” adding, “I am particularly passionate about the young generation because I am a part of this amazing resurgence and revolution of Kenyan music. Expect a world-class scripted performance by some young acts to look out for.”
Jamhuri Festival is a platform to inspire and introduce Africa’s diverse music talent to a new and wider audience through interaction, collaboration and cooperation amongst artists, while also building a strong brand connection with the young and growing population of Kenya and Africa. Jamhuri Festival has given Kenyan artists a platform to meet other artists, top music producers and a loyal audience to share ideas and collaborate. It continues to break the walls of both artistic style and genre differences by enabling collaborations across the country and beyond.