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Article: Interview

Aaron Rimbui: Nairobi to New York City

Read "Aaron Rimbui: Nairobi to New York City" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

Kenya is noted for an extraordinary array of musical offerings yet its jazz scene has historically been quite slim. However, Nairobi-born pianist Aaron Rimbui may change that dynamic. Drawing on the musical traditions of Kenya and East Africa, Rimbui has established a singular and absolutely arresting approach to jazz piano. With several ...


News: Festival

The First Annual Safaricom International Jazz Festival

The First Annual Safaricom International Jazz Festival

By John Wesley Reed Jr. It is essential to say, Jazz is a universal language. Jazz virtuosos will be enthused that Kenya will present The Safaricom International Jazz Festival, their first ever Jazz Festival on February 23, 2014. The Safaricom International Jazz Festival premier event will feature international and local artists such ...



Released: 2000
Track listing: Wild Jungle; Congo Mulence; Kenya; Oyeme; Holiday; Cannonology; Frenzy; Blues


Article: Album Review

Machito: Kenya

Read "Kenya" reviewed by Jim Santella

Machito’s big band had a high-powered brass identity. From 1940 until his death in 1984 the bandleader espoused Afro-Cuban jazz around the world by marrying traditional rhythms with inspired jazz soloists. Just over a half-hour in length with each track averaging under three minutes, the session does not allow enough space for soloists to stretch out ...


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