Hugh Masekela will be in town in August. He is the main act at a Safaricom Jazz Festival event; the Safaricom Jazz Lounge, taking place on August 12. Safaricom Jazz Lounge is a series of events that usually lead up to the biannual Safaricom International Jazz Festival.
Hugh’s performance at a Safaricom Jazz event is highly impressive and exciting, it is also in good company. He follows in the footsteps of other acclaimed jazz acts. Since its inception in 2014, Safaricom Jazz has fronted an impressive main acts and supporting acts line-up. The main act at their last event held in February was three times Grammy Award winning Branford Marsalis.
Others who have graced the event series include Jimmy Dludlu, Nigerian born guitarist, Kunle Ayo, the incredible act from Mali that is Salif Keita, Richard Bona; a Cameroonian artist based out of New York, South African singer-songwriter, Jonathan Butler and the Sons of Kemet.
Masekela has performed in Kenya before but this is the first time he is taking to the stage at Safaricom Jazz Lounge. The Grammy Awards nominee is not only an artist of international repute, but also uses his music as a vehicle for social change.
As it has always been the case since 2014, proceeds from Safaricom Jazz Lounge will be channeled to the Ghetto Classics Community programme based out Korogocho. Art of Music, the foundation that runs Ghetto Classics plans to, with the help of Safaricom, expand to Kisumu and Mombasa.