Browsing: Safaricom Jazz

Lifestyle Mandla Mlangeni
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A Soweto Massive

The day he arrived at the centre, there were no saxophones to play. Observing his crestfallen face, the music teacher quickly suggested that Mandla try his hand at the trumpet he had in his car. Mandla remembers thinking – a trumpet? What am I going to do with a trumpet? It only has three buttons! But these buttons were his only options, because if he didn’t take up the trumpet, he would have to wait for another six months for a saxophone to be available. Above all, the love was for music, regardless of where it was coming from. And so, he took the trumpet from the boot, wiped it down, and begun his musical journey.

Products Jazz
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The sound of a community

African Twist was all the rave. Daudi Kabaka had started a wildfire in Kenya. Another man from Kakamega, with a homemade guitar had created a new guitar picking style that nobody could replicate. He had created a smash hit, had a huge love scandal, and then died under tragic circumstances. But the legend of George Mukabi and his omutibo guitar had already achieved immortality.

Lifestyle tuba
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The Alchemist

Sometimes I think about them, you know? The other half of my family. I think about the ones who left and wonder about what they’d think of us now.

Lifestyle Coach Kavutha at Safaricom Jazz
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A woman jazzed

You’ve only ever seen her before in the stuff that dreams are made of, surrounded in beams. That light, cloudiness. That ethereal, magic. She looks…

Lifestyle Safaricom Jazz
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Made of music

On many hot weekend afternoons in dusty Kitengela, 1994, daddy would plonk me onto our old brown living room table when his favourite song came…

Lifestyle piano-header ghetto classics, safaricom jazz at 5
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Simon on the keys

When I was younger, way younger, a couple of decades ago, I was quite the precocious pre-teen. Or at least, I like to tell myself…

Lifestyle The Magunga
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Music That Moves

The last time I was in Kisumu I went to our place in Ukweli. There is nobody there these days. Everyone moved to Nairobi. Now…