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Safaricom hosted the Kenyan Jazz All Stars Edition at the Carnivore Gardens on April 30 to commemorate the International Jazz Day.

The concert opened the 2017-2018 season of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival and was headlined by a stellar line-up of Kenyan jazz musicians including: Nairobi Horns Project, Shamsi Music, Mwai & the Truth, AfroSync, Edward Parseen and The Different Faces, Jacob Asiyo & Kavutha Mwanzia-Asiyo, James Gogo, Juma Tutu, Eddie Grey and Chris Bittok.


Ghetto Classics opened the concert and also got a chance to perform with Juma Tutu and the Swahili Jazz Band, James Gogo and Gogosimo band and Nairobi Horns Project.

I was honored to perform with artists we look up to, the weeks we spent rehearsing with them taught us that with perseverance and practice we can get to their level,” said Stephen Ongoma.

Juma Tutu from Swahili Jazz band.

Working with Ghetto Classics has really opened our eyes to the power of music, and the funds raised through the jazz festivals over the years are helping us transform over 900 young lives in Nairobi and Mombasa. This year we’re handing over a Cheque of Kshs 17 million to the programme, up from Kshs 12 million raised during the 2015-2016 edition,” said Mr.  Bob Collymore, Safaricom CEO.

Saxophonist, Samwel 'Laka' Nyaga, from Shamsi Music performs.

Safaricom International Jazz Music Director, Kavutha Mwanzia- Asiyo.

Gogo Simo.

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