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Christine Kamau

Christine Kamau is a Kenyan Trumpeter, Composer and Performing Artist. Her music is a fusion of Jazz, Funk, Soul, Benga and Chakacha. Kamau credits her musical influences to Hugh Masekela, Maroon Commandos, Miles Davis among others.

In 2012, Christine Kamau released an 8-track instrumental Afro-Jazz album titled 'This is for You'. The album offers an exciting listening experience, the music being a fusion of jazz with African music elements of ‘Benga’ and Rhumba’. This debut release earned positive reviews from the music community and also saw Kamau featured on a BBC music program titled ‘Africa Beats’ a series that showcased emerging music talent from Africa.

A keen collaborator and campaigner for music as a tool for propagating unity, Christine Kamau has graced various stages on the continent and is steadily becoming an established name on the African Jazz scene.

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

Sierra Jazz Festival, Kenya (2012) Blankets and Wine Festival, Kenya (2012) The ‘Jazz with Isaiah Katumwa TV Show’, Uganda (2013) Safaricom Jazz Festival Rising Stars Edition, Kenya (2014) Sondeka Festival, Kenya (2015) MASA Festival, Ivory Coast (2016) Doadoa Festival, Uganda (2016) Jahazi Literary & Jazz Festival, Zanzibar (2016) Capital Jazz Festival, Nigeria (2016) Karibu Music Festival, Tanzania (2016) Kigali Jazz Junction, Rwanda (2017) Yaounde Jazz Festival, Cameroon (2017) Green Space Festival, Kenya (2018) Lagos International Jazz Festival, Nigeria (2019)

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“-with hindsight her 2012 debut was a seminal moment in this decade’s African Jazz”. (africanjazz.info)

“To many jazz lovers who gathered at Kigali Serena Hotel, Kenya's Christine Kamau was that thrill which quenced most jazz thirsty souls”. (Andrew Kazibwe, Arts Glo, Rwanda)

“Christine Kamau may have one of the most popular surnames in her native Kenya, but she stands out as being the only female jazz trumpeter, writing her own material for herself and her band”. (Victor Owusu-Bediako, Ghana Star)

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