If you are a Jazz, African or Roots fan or you simply love to enjoy some live music as you enjoy munching on some great food, this festival is just for you. The first edition of the AFROLECT Jazz and Roots Festival will be held in the serene Purdy Arms Restaurant located in Karen on the 27th January 2018. The festival will feature the eclectic sounds of musicians like;
Idd Aziz –A multi-talented indie pop singer Idd Aziz with an earthy tone. His love and passion for cultural music has greatly influenced his musical style on percussion and vocals. He also has a lot of experience playing the guitar, flute and a variety of African percussions. His musical diversity comes from his coastal roots which he has harnessed to curate music that combines world sounds with a deep African sound.
The sound derived from his music is aimed at inspiring positive change and awakening. As a singer-songwriter, Aziz has worked with notable music writers such as Heing Siumaro and Trondheim orchestra. Additionally, he has performed alongside international acts such as Alpha Blondy, Youssou n’Dour, and Angelique Kidjo.
Tetu Shani– He is a self-taught percussionist and guitarist. He is also an award-winning singer-songwriter who currently describes his sound as Afro pop-rock, which is a blend of indie rock, Afro-pop and folkloric rhythms from Kenya.
He is renowned for his musical versatility, his versatility, storytelling and dynamic range which has led to him playing shows in Ethiopia, Uganda and Zanzibar as well as sharing the stage with artists such as Sauti Sol, Nneka from Nigeria, Toya Delazy from South Africa and Grammy nominee and UK recording artist Joss Stone. He has won various awards like; The Silver Award at the 2017 Global Music Awards for his song Samalina and won Best New Age Contemporary Artist at the inaugural 2017 Cafe Ngoma Awards.
Nairobi Horns Project (NHP) – Nairobi Horns Project remains a musical force of nature of incalculable influence. Ran by a three-man horn section (Mackinlay on trumpet, Rabai on saxophone and Victor on trombone), they fuse their influential genres of music jazz, soul, hip-hop, and Latin music to create a unique type of music that full of energy. Mics And Beats: The Nairobi Horns Project Band
Their ongoing recording project, modern classics, aims at recording interpretations of local Kenyan music people grew up listening to from the 90s and 2000s and giving them a new voice. In 2016, the band has released an EP titled Kipepeo (Swahili for Butterfly). NHP have made noteworthy appearances on Coke Studio Africa, the Sauti Sol African Tour, Safaricom International Jazz Festival, Sax in The City, and The Koroga Festival.
The festival is hoping to catch the rapidly expanding jazz and live music scene in Nairobi. People seem to be gradually moving into the live music scene where you can enjoy the celebration of pure talent in the great outdoors. This has made it necessary for new platforms, as listeners continually seek new experiences.
Future editions of the festival will feature musicians from across Africa with an aim to showcase Jazz, African and Roots music to the audience. The festival will also act as a platform for Kenyan musicians who hope to get recognized globally. Idd Aziz, Tetu Shani, and Nairobi Horns Project act with their vast musical talent, history, and knowledge will serve as great ambassadors to the festival.
So come have a day of music as you enjoy the lush Purdy Arms gardens full of indigenous trees and resident wildlife; including vervet monkeys, duikers, a pair of owls and a couple of their regulars. Treat your taste buds at the restaurant which offers a choice of fine dining or good old pub grub that can be enjoyed in the bar, out on the terrace or even in the private dining area.