One word I would use to describe my Safaricom Jazz experience this past weekend – Thrilling. The promise of an unforgettable experience was delivered in spades.
The 4th edition of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival was held on Sunday 26th February 2017 at the Kasarani Stadium. David Sanborn headlined the event in a way only a renowned saxophonist would.
Kavutha Mwasio was the host for the afternoon to evening extravaganza, showcasing jazz talent from all over the world on one stage. The performances were great, with each act living up to the expectations set by the preceding ones.
Nairobi Horns Project were undeniably awesome on stage. A stand-out performance was by Shamsi Music which pulled on my kamba culture strings to perform a love story, accompanied by the high pitched and high tempo instrumentals of traditional music.
Mwai and the Truth Band were amazing as their set had the right amount of soul, jazz and African influence to get people on their feet, moving to the rhythm.
Other great African Acts were Bokani Dyer from Southern Africa and Ray Lema from Democratic Republic of Congo. Taxi Wars from Belgium and the Hazelnuts from Israel were the international acts whose sassy performances were pleasing while on stage.
There were lots of captivating activities happening away from the stage. A popular stop was the 4G Bar and stand where Safaricom subscribers got select prizes for participating in a number of activities. Showmax Kenya was present offering free monthly subscription to their streaming service.
The photo booth was also a crowd pleaser, as trios got to dress up in funny customes and take whacky pictures. I took some of myself and I wasnt looking shabby at all.
At around 6.00pm, David Sanborn had the privilege of steering the crowd home during the musical journey. Headlining the festival in a truly audacious manner, his performance was stupendous. The only regret was that the performance felt too short and left me questioning… why do all good things come to an end.