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American Alto – Saxophonist and six-time Grammy Award winner David Sanborn entertained an estimated 7,700 fans at the main concert held at the Kasarani Training Grounds on Sunday. These are the Safaricom Jazz Festival photos.

Safaricom Jazz Festival photos

Arun Ghosh

The concert was a culmination of a week of activities held throughout the week; from cultural nights, to visits to Ghetto Classics music program in Korogocho by the local and international acts, a VVIP show held on Friday evening and a special schools show on Saturday targeting younger music audiences.

Taxi Wars from Belgium, all girl trio The Hazelnuts from Israel, British-Asian clarinetist Arun Ghosh, South Africa Bokani Dyer and Ray Lema and Saka Saka Band from the DRC completed the star studded line-up, which also featured Kenyan band Shamsi Music, Nairobi Horns Project and Mwai and The Truth.

Bokani Dyers’ Bass Guitarist, Seth

David Sanborn with his band

David Sanborn.

DJ Delight on the decks

French based, DRC’s Jazz Maestro, Ray Lema quintet.

Fans, Velma, Nemy, Kemo, Imelda

As has been the tradition, all proceeds from the Safaricom International Jazz Festival will go towards supporting theGhetto Classics, a non-profit programme that teaches music skills to youth from underprivileged backgrounds.

The programme, which supports about 650 children from several low-income neighbourhoods in Nairobi, was created to be a source of refuge from the harsh, poverty-stricken environments synonymous with urban slums.

The Ghetto Classics meet for practice every week, undergoing instruction from volunteer tutors via face-to-face and Skype lessons during which they learn how to read and write music, and play different musical instruments.

Johnie Walker brand ambasadors

Laka Nyaga of Shamsi Music.

Mckinley Musembi of the Nairobi Horns Project.

Nairobi Horns project perform alongside Arun Ghosh.

Safaricom CEO and Founder of Safaricom Jazz, Bob Collymore with his wife Wambui Kamiru.

South Africa’s, Bokani Dyer.

The Hazelnuts from Israsel.

The Hazelnuts, drummist, Haim Peskoff.

Tracy Ayitso takes Ken Nyakwama through Safaricom 4G activation

Proceeds from the Festival since launch reached KES 19 million in 2016, and have over the years enabled a number of older Ghetto Classics members join university, while the younger ones and their families benefit from school fees, rent and other financial and non-financial assistance.

Shamsi Music 3

Safaricom Jazz Festival photos

 

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