Christine Kamau

Christine Kamau

 Nairobi, Nairobi Area, KEN
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East Africa's Afro-Jazz Queen.
A rising star in Africa, Kenya's Christine Kamau is a trailblaizing Trumpeter set to conquer the world with her music.

Biography

Christine Kamau is a Trumpeter, Composer, Band Leader and Performing Artist based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has performed in various countries including Nigeria, Zanzibar, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Tanzania among others. Originally from Nakuru, a scenic town in the Rift Valley region of Kenya, Christine began her music journey by studying music theory and classical piano. She subsequently picked up the Trumpet and honed her skills by playing as a side(wo)man in local bands, churches and groups. 

In the year 2011 she formed her own band, the African People, an outfit fronted by a 2-3 part horn section playing mostly her original jazz-influenced compositions at various events in Nairobi. She credits her musical influences to South Africa's Hugh Masekela, Kenyan oldies band from the 70’s Maroon Commandos, Jazz Trumpeter Miles Davis amongst others.

Christine Kamau released an 8-track instrumental afro-jazz album in 2012 titled This is for You worked on with Cameroonian music producer Romeo Kouemeni.  It offers an easy listening experience, the music being a fusion of jazz with African music elements of ‘Benga’ and Rhumba’.

She was featured in a musical program by the BBC world service titled ‘Africa Beats’ a series that showcases emerging music talent from Africa.

 Christine Kamau currently performs regularly in the Nairobi music scene and has performed at various musical events and festivals including:

Sierra Jazz Festival (opening for the UK acid-jazz group Incognito) 2012

The ‘Jazz with Isaiah Katumwa Show’ at Kampala Sheraton Hotel, Uganda 2013

Sondeka Arts Festival at Nairobi Arboretum Nairobi 2015

Market for African Performing Arts (MASA Festival) Ivory Coast 2016

Doadoa Festival Uganda 2016

Jahazi Jazz & Literary Festival Zanzibar 2016

Capital Jazz Festival Abuja Nigeria 2016

Kigali Jazz Junction Rwanda 2017 amongst others.  

Christine Kamau is also the founder and host of the Women in Music Forum, a platform that seeks to facilitate interaction of East African women in performing arts by providing an avenue for them to showcase their stage performance skills by hosting regular live-music concerts dubbed ‘Women in Music Concert Series.

 REVIEWS

She is talented and dedicated. This album (This is for You) showcases that in the best way…I don’t have a favourite track as all the tracks are a pleasure to listen to. Eric Alan, All that Jazz Radio Cape Town South Africa

 -with hindsight her 2012 debut was a seminal moment in this decade’s African Jazz. africanjazz.info (2015) A concise guide to jazz from sub-Saharan Africa

 This album (This is for You) is actually, a very good listen and there’s every indication that even the conservative jazz-loving crowd will love the vibe on the eight songs contained here. Bill Odidi, Business Daily

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




Discography

This is For You (2012)
Instrumental Afro-Jazz Album

Dreams (2016)
Single - Studio collaboration with rappers Akua Naru, Wangechi and Checkmate Mido

Set List

Baba Africa
But I'll try
Cantaloupe Island
Do what you want
Feel it in my head
Malaika
Miela Miela
The Air I breathe
This is for You