Christine Kamau

Christine Kamau

  • Ticket Price: R40.00
  • Duration: 41mins 53sec
  • Age Recommendation: All Ages
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Language: English, Kiswahili
Christine Kamau is a Kenyan trumpeter, composer and performing artist. Her music is a fusion of jazz, funk with African sounds and improvisations. Her trumpet playing has been described as ‘a wide-eared approach to jazz, paying attention to various styles without losing the jazz tonality’.
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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Christine Kamau – Artist
Victor Kimetto – Keyboards
Emmanuel Chacha – Drums
Emery Girukwishaka – Bass
Bionic Ngalu – Guitar

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Christine Kamau is a Kenyan trumpeter, composer and performing artist. Her trumpet playing has been described as ‘a wide-eared approach to jazz, paying attention to various styles without losing the jazz tonality’. 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 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 – OFF, 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)
Fendika Gallery Jam Night, Ethiopia (2017)
Yaounde Jazz Festival, Cameroon (2017)
Green Space Festival, Kenya (2018)
Lagos International Jazz Festival, Nigeria (2019)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2019: Panelist, GTABC Conference (Washington DC, USA)
Christine Kamau was a panellist at the 4th Georgetown University Africa Business Conference, Music for Development Panel.
https://www.georgetownafricabusinessconference.com/

2019: Moderator, ACCES Conference (Ghana)
Christine Kamau moderated the panel on ‘Alternative Platforms and Circuits for African Music’ at Music In Africa’s ACCES Conference held at the Ghana Academy of Arts & Sciences in Accra. https://www.musicinafrica.net/magazine/alternative-music-platforms-and-circuits-take-centre-stage-acces-2019

2018: Jazz from Germany Visitors Program (Germany)
Christine Kamau was invited to join 16 jazz music industry players from 15 countries around the world for a tour of the jazz music scene in Berlin, Munich & Stuttgart organized by the German Federal Foreign Office.

2018: Member, ACCES Curation Committee (Kenya)
Music In Africa’s ACCES Curation Committee members comprised influential music industry players who were responsible for selecting the artists that showcased at ACCES Conference in Kenya.

2017: Speaker, ACCES Conference (Senegal)
Christine Kamau was a speaker at the Music In Africa ACCES Conference held in Dakar, Senegal. She gave a presentation on her Women In Music Forum, an initiative aimed at promoting female musicians in performing arts.

2017: Grantee, British Council Mobility Grant (Ethiopia)
This grant saw Christine Kamau travel to Addis Ababa for music exchange and collaboration with Ethiopian Jazz Musicians.
https://www.britishcouncil.org/east-africa-arts/projects/mobility/chritstine-kamau-in_motion

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

“She creates soundscapes that are inspired by a wide variety of influences including her ethnocultural roots, urban orientation and Kenya’s contrasting cultural heritages”. (The Nairobian)

“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”. (Ghana Star)

PRESS ARTICLES
Musician sets the tone for Kenyan style of Jazz
https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/lifestyle/society/Musician-sets-the-tone-for-Kenyan-style-of-jazz/3405664-1673402-a410bvz/index.html

A Trumpeter’s top tips on making a living off music
https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2001293818/how-to-make-a-living-off-music

Kenya’s Christine Kamau to jazz it up in Lagos
https://www.musicinafrica.net/magazine/kenyas-christine-kamau-jazz-it-lagos

Christine Kamau opens up on her journey as a Trumpeter

Exclusive: Christine Kamau opens up on her journey as a trumpeter

Jazz festival to feature Kenyan artiste
https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/rwanda/Lifestyle/Jazz-festival-to-feature-Kenyan-artiste-Christine-/1433242-3817546-14ghv07/index.html

Awards
Nominee-Best Foreign Jazz Artist, Mzantsi Jazz Awards (2019)
Nominee-Best Jazz Act, Cafe Ngoma Awards (2017)