Nairobi Horns Project Debut Performance at Joy of Jazz
I am a sucker for good music. It is not news anyway. I have a ritual every beginning of the week, I check out jazz festivals line ups and keep up with the artist who are traveling. I recall this particular cold Monday morning as I was having my morning tea; as I was listening to the soothing sound of music, I bumped into the Joy of Jazz lineup. Let’s pause here! (Which I actually did), I went through a moment, then did a “yaaaaay!” I was in so much awe to see the incredible line up of phenomenal musicians, but what made my heart leap with joy was the seeing Nairobi Horns on the list.
Standard Bank Joy of Jazz unveiling of the 2018 Festival line-up was not just a big deal for Nairobi Horns Project. It was momentous for the #SafaricomJazz Music fraternity. As Nairobi Horns Project, were the 2016/2017 Kenyan band at the #SafaricomJazz International Festival. It’s through this festival we have encountered new bands being unveiled and how #SafaricomJazz has over the last 5 years leveled up the game for many Kenyan bands.
The 21st Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Performances
In recent times, there’s an increasingly concerted effort to book acts beyond the jazz scope, to fully capture how jazz music has influenced artists of all genres, both young and old. For the last couple of 20 years, the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz has made a name for itself through stellar jazz music.
For its 21st anniversary in 2018, the international slate of this year’s artist from various countries features acts such as David Sanborn (USA), Joey DeFrancesco, Bokani Dyer & Ayanda Sikade (who were here for the 2016 #SafaricomJazz series), Oliver Mtukudzi, Femi Koya, The WonderfulWorld of Louis Armstrong Tribute All Star Band, Bilal, our Nairobi Favorites Nairobi Horns among other eclectic acts.
I have made it my mission to embed myself into the thriving local Nairobi Jazz scene, where I reside. I give a special mention to Nairobi Horns. I have attended some if not all, Nairobi Horns concerts. They make music that befits us as Nairobians. These young firebirds give us a glimpse into the future of jazz in Nairobi – and from where I stand the future is very bright indeed
In addition to this, I have been greatly privileged to have heard and enjoyed their music, gone to rehearsals with them, seen their creative process and most of all enjoyed their shows. With an avalanche of incredible musicians whilst at the SA stage, I assure you will find them enjoyable, just as we do here in the 254. I am happy to report that this music we call jazz is alive, and am excited to be there this year to take it all in.
Details for Standard Joy of Jazz Festival
Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 September 2018
Nairobi Horns Performance
Sep 29, 2018
Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.