Safaricom Jazz International Festival 2016 – Afro-cuban Jazz Infusion
This past weekend saw the Safaricom International Jazz Festival brought about the electrifying fusion of the Malian and Afro-Cuban musical cultures. Headlining the stage was the Cuban sensation Roberto Fonseca and the ever-dynamic Malian marvel, Fatoumata Diawara. The unique screen set up intensified the allure of the entire event, and the crisp sound system amplified the energy that was emanating off the stage.
Kenyan band Shamsi Music opened the show with an interactive African infused jazz set. They got the crowd on their feet playing an array of original songs, and further surprised the crowd with an instrumental rendition of Mercy Masika’s “Mwema“.
The Roberto Fonseca Quartet took the crowd west with an Afro-Cuban set. Caribbean rhythms permeated the air and mesmerized the audience into a salsa like trance. Fatoumata took the show’s energy to record heights with her enthusiastic dancing and messages of love, peace and unification. Attendees pumped their fists in the air chanting and singing along to the lyrics of Fatoumata’s Africa Unite. The November edition of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival 2016 will not soon be forgotten as the incredibly ecstatic performances that took the crowds to new heights of musical captivation will be well spoken of for years to come.
MoSound Events, the event planning company in Kenya responsible for organizing the Safaricom International Jazz Festival 2016 executed the festival to perfection from the event set-up & theme, lighting, on-site transport, sound equipment, ample security and of course, the amazing aura.