The tremendously gifted Senegalese vocalist and bassist Alune Wade gave an electrifying performance as the leading act at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge which was held this past Saturday 4th November 2017 at the Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi‘s Southern surburbs.
During the course of three decades, Wade has worked with renowned artistes such as Senegalese Ishmael Lo. His latest album, HAVANA – PARIS – DAKAR, is a collaboration with Cuban Pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa.
Born in 1978 in Dakar, Senegal, Wade grew up surrounded by music. His father was a leader of a symphonic orchestra, and he began playing at the young age of six.
At 13, the bass became Wade’s chosen instrument and with his father’s encouragement joined his orchestra. One year later, he joined Ishmael Lo’s band, touring as his bassist all across the globe. In 2006, Wade released his debut solo album ‘Mbolo’ (which means unity in Wolof). His second album was dubbed ‘Ayo Nene’ and was released in 2010.
Jazz singer and composer, New York-based Kavita Shah was also part of the line-up alongside 2 Kenyan bands; Mambo Tribe and the Limericks who firmly showcased the growth and talent in the local Jazz scene.
Proceeds from all ticket sales of the concert will be donated to the Ghetto Classics Music program based in Korogocho, which has regularly been supported by ticket earnings from the Safaricom International Jazz Festival since the year 2014.
Safaricom has so far handed over Sh. 37 million to the program: The funds went towards purchase of music instruments for the 1,200 children who are in the community program.
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