CHRISTINE KAMAU ~ AFROJAZZ (KENYA) 2016

CHRISTINE KAMAU ~ AFROJAZZ (KENYA) 2016

Christine Kamau is a Trumpeter, performing/recording artist in the Kenyan music scene. She grew up in Nakuru, Kenya and began study music theory and classical piano at age 11. She followed on with learning the Trumpet. Christine released an 8-track instrumental afro-jazz album in 2012 titled This is for You worked on with Cameroonian music producer Romeo Kouemeni.  The album offers an easy listening experience, the music being a fusion of jazz with African music elements of benga and rhumba. Christine has performed at various music events in including the monthly festival Blankets and Wine, Jazz under the Stars, Sierra Jazz Festival 2012 (opening of the UK acid-jazz group Incognito),…

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MOSES ZAMANGWA ~ AFROJAZZ (TANZANIA) 2016

MOSES ZAMANGWA ~ AFROJAZZ (TANZANIA) 2016

Moses Zamangwa. He was born in the southern part of Tanzania. Songea Region. His Music Journey started 16 Years ago and almost half of his music career he was playing Guitar  with various gospel Band. Six Year ago he started to play Saxophone and it became his No.1 instrument. Now he stands as one of the Leading Saxophonist in Tanzania and East Africa in general. Moses has toured the world with his Saxophone in the countries such Indonesia, Qatar, Turkey, Germany, Swaziland, France, Australia and many more together with Vipaji Band.

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Tribute ‘Birdie’ Mboweni ~ Affrojazz (South Africa) 2016

Tribute ‘Birdie’ Mboweni ~ Affrojazz (South Africa) 2016

Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things. If this saying is to go by, Tribute ‘Birdie’ Mboweni is a true testimony to how big things can really come in small packages. With her debut album, also titled “Birdie”, Tribute has triggered an avalanche. As a singer and songwriter Birdie is proving to be a force to reckon with. Her voice is so strong, soulful and wrapped up in both neo-soul, pop world and yet so jazzy. Birdie has joined a new breed of soul musicians that are putting their own modern take on the classic sound, and doing it justice. Her voice evokes raw, organic emotion that penetrates…

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THE CITY – AFRO FUTURE FROM SOUTH AFRICA 2016

THE CITY – AFRO FUTURE FROM SOUTH AFRICA 2016

TheCITY is a Future Afro band from Cape Town, South Africa.Guided by a strong belief in paying tribute to their musical heritage, they blend African rhythms and grooves with electronic sounds and soulful melodies. In April 2015 they successfully launched their self-titled, debut EP, which received extensive airplay and outstanding reviews. The band has four members: Bonj Mpanza on lead vocals & percussion, Clement Carr on keys and synths, Ryan McArthur on bass guitar and synth bass and Ruby Crowie on drums and samples. As well as studying music at a university level, all four members have earned their stripes playing in top South African acts. TheCITY Tanzanian tour is supported by Concerts SA through the Music…

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“THE KING OF RHUMBA” Afro-Fusion ~ PAPA WEMBA (CONGO) 2015

“THE KING OF RHUMBA” Afro-Fusion ~ PAPA WEMBA (CONGO) 2015

With his dynamic vocals and flamboyant personality, Papa Wemba (born Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba) played an essential role in the evolution of Central African music. Respectfully known as “the King of Rhumba,” Wemba successfully fused African traditions with Western pop and rock influences. A co-founder of Zaiko Langa Langa in 1970, he went on to international attention as the leader of Isife Lokole in 1974, and Viva La Musica since 1976. According to publicity materials for the Womadelaide festival, Wemba “creates wonderfully infectious music, combining the sophistication of a Paris nightclub with the vibe of an African open-air concert.” While www.fyiucalgary.com proclaimed that “his voice is gold and his…

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Taarabu ~ Isha Mashauzi (TANZANIA) 2015

Taarabu ~ Isha Mashauzi (TANZANIA) 2015

Isha Mashauzi ni mwimbaji na mtunzi mahiri wa nyimbo za taarab kutoka nchini Tanzania. Anafahamika sana kwa kuwa mmoja kati ya walioanzisha kundi zima la taarab la Jahazi Modern Taarab. Kundi ambalo linaongozwa na Mzee Yusuf. Mara yake ya kwanza kupanda jukwaani na kuimba na kundi la Jahazi, ilikuwa kwenye onyesho lililofanyika kwenye ukumbi wa bwalo la maofisa wa polisi, Oysterbay, Dar es Salaam. Katika onyesho hilo, aliimba wimbo wa “Hayanifiki” ambao umempatia umaarufu kwa kiasi kikubwa na kumfanya atambulike kwenye ulimwengu wa muziki wa taarab nchini Tanzania. Tangu hapo, akawa anashiriki kwenye vibao kadha wa kadha. Kibao hicho kilitungwa na Mzee Yusuf. Miaka miwili baadaye, alifanikiwa kutunga wimbo wake…

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Afro-poetry ~ H_ART the BAND (KENYA) 2015

Afro-poetry ~ H_ART the BAND (KENYA) 2015

“African-pop, urban-colored vintage, uniquely comical’’ just to name a few of the words used to describe this versatile blend of artists Mordecai Kimeu, Kenneth Muya and Wachira Gatama. The three met in the corridors of their acting careers, in late 2012, where Mordecai auditioned Kenchez and Wachira for a play on cancer-awareness at the Kenya National Theatre. During the rehearsal process the three discovered that they shared a similar passion for music, spoken word/poetry, comedy, dance, fashion and generally, life. They later performed together for the first time at a few months after this encounter at Dass Ethiopian Restaurant and, H_ART the BAND was formed. Not long after, they joined…

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Rap & Hip Hop ~ JUMA NATURE (TANZANIA) 2015

Rap & Hip Hop ~ JUMA NATURE (TANZANIA) 2015

Juma Nature a.k.a. Sir Nature (born Juma Kassim Ally, in 1980) is a Tanzanian hip hop artist and a singer. He is the founder and member of a Temeke group called Wanaume, an informal group of rappers from the poor side of Dar es Salaam. Nature is one of the best known artists in the Bongo Flava Swahili hip hop genre. Not only is he a composer and rap artist, but also he has a soulful and touching voice. In his album, “Bongo Flava: Swahili Rap from Tanzania”, many of the lyrics which are in his tracks include current problems within his country. Some problems he raps about include, “HIV/AIDS, the…

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