#SafaricomJazz -One last jig for 2017!

I can’t believe it! This year has gone by so fast. It’s the last Jazz festival of the year and I couldn’t be more excited.

If you have been living under a rock and you have no idea what the Safaricom Jazz festival is. It is an initiative by Safaricom to bring hope and music to children who are from underprivileged homes. The program is known as Ghetto Classics. It was started in 2008 and has been able to help over 1,200 children to date.

Grab a cup of tea and watch this video to get an idea of what the ghetto classics are all about.

It gives me so much joy to know that each an every ticket helps a child directly. Giving them an opportunity to live a better life, to mingle with mentors and experts who are capable of changing their mindsets,  from the ghetto mentality that they have been exposed and accustomed to. They get the chance to learn a craft that helps them to network with mentors who can help them get to the next level of their life. To date, they have been able to raise 37,000,000 which is absolutely incredible!

Growing up, these kids did not have an opportunity like Alune Wade from Senegal who is the leading act for the Jazz Festival which is happening this Saturday. He started off at the age of 6 and by 13 he had decided on the bass as his instrument of choice. This was all made possible because his father pushed and encouraged him.

I won’t lie I have binge listened to his latest album, The Blue Peace Orchestra and I have had Saloum on repeat for the past few days. If you guys have a chance before the concert, give it a listen, you will definitely enjoy it.

Kavita Shah all the way from New York will also be performing on Saturday. I have also been listening to her music so I can’t wait. If you have ever seen me at Jazz then you know when I hit that dance floor for Nairobi Horns Project and Shamsi Music, I can’t leave.

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This time we get to experience Mambo Tribe and Limericks who are our local acts. I get super excited when I get to experience bands for the first time and I and my squad are more than ready to get down.

Hopefully this weekend we will get to get down together. I am done with Sober October as of today so on Saturday, let’s share one of that famous carnivore Dawas ( How old do I sound lol) Also what are we wearing? I know it will get a bit chilly at Carni.

Tickets are going for KES 2,000. Don’t ask me for tickets. lol! You know where the money is going. Come and let’s support these kids and help them build their dreams.

Thanks for stopping by lovers,

See you on Saturday!

Jay.

 

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