Christine Kamau

Bio

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

In 2012, Çhristine 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 the African music elements of ‘Benga’ and Rhumba’. This debut release received positive reviews from the music community and saw her featured on the 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, Ms. Kamau has shared a stage with musicians such as acclaimed jazz group Incognito, Fathy Salama, Prince's former bassist Ida Nielsen, Isaiah Katumwa, Lira and Timi Dakolo.

Christine Kamau is also the Founder of Women in Music Forums, a platform that seeks to promote women in performing arts by providing an avenue for them to showcase their stage performance skills.

Having graced various stages on the continent, Christine Kamau is steadily becoming an established name on the African Jazz Scene.

PERFORMANCES

Sierra Jazz Festival Kenya (2012)

Blankets and Wine Festival XXXII 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 Jazz & Literary 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)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2019: PANELIST GTABC Conference (WASHINGTON DC, USA)

Christine Kamau was a panellist at the 4th Georgetown Africa Business Conference Music for Development Panel.

2018: JAZZ from Germany Visitors Program (GERMANY)

Christine Kamau was invited to join 16 jazz music industry players from 15 countries for the Jazz from Germany Visitors Program.

MEMBER ACCES Conference Curation Committee (KENYA)

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

2017: SPEAKER Music In Africa ACCES Conference (SENEGAL)

Christine Kamau was an invited speaker at the Music In Africa ACCES Conference held in Dakar, Senegal.

2017: RECIPIENT British Council Mobility Grant (ETHIOPIA)

This British Council East Africa Mobility Grant saw Christine Christine Kamau travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for music exchange and collaboration with Ethiopian Jazz Musicians.

AWARDS

Nominee Best Jazz Act, Cafe Ngoma Awards (2017)

REVIEWS

"-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)

She is talented and dedicated. This album (This is for You) showcases that in the best...

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