Jazzfest 2015: Something to Sing About

Thursday night saw thousands of music loves throng to Carnivore Grounds Safaricom International Jazz Festival. Not even the rains could keep them from attending the Gospel According to Jazz edition which featured Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown, Sheléa Fraizer and Gerald Albright.

Having been the Audio Visual partner in all the previous Jazz festivals, MoSound Events was once again roped in to string things up for both the Nairobi and Mombasa editions.

At the grounds, a 50 by 23 by 12 meter creative structure was in place to shelter the 3500 jazz enthusiasts who made it for the night to enjoy impeccable sound and a creative screen and stage set up that would inspire song.

“I loved the screen set up on stage,” says Christine Muthoni, a jazz lover in attendance, “Everything was great and the performances were phenomenal… but the screens and graphics were not like anything I have seen before!”

The lighting too, was no mean task. “The importance of perfect lighting in such an event cannot be overstated,” explains Shem Nyakundi, a lighting expert. “We have to be in step with the performers, change the lighting to complement the mood, tempo, general feel… It’s the only way to give the audience the ultimate concert experience!”

When Saturday dawned on us, Mombasa was ready for its fair share at the Butterfly Pavilion. Alas, they could sample all that jazz.