Christine Kamau

Bio

Christine Kamau is a Kenyan Trumpeter, Composer and Performing Artist. Her music is a fusion of African styles with jazz and improvisation. 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, Milesamau 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, and having graced various stages around the continent, Christine Kamau 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)

Jahazi Literary & Jazz Festival, Zanzibar (2016)

Capital Jazz Festival, Nigeria (2016)

Kigali Jazz Junction, Rwanda (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).

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.

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.

REVIEWS

"-with hindsight her 2012 debut was a seminal moment in this decade’s African Jazz". (africanjazz.info)

"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

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

AWARDS

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

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Christine Kamau - Miela Miela
Christine Kamau - Nakuru Sunshine (Official Audio)
Christine Kamau - Piano Groove
Christine Kamau - This is for You (Official Audio)
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Christine Kamau added 6 new videos

Christine Kamau - Ulisema (Official Audio)
Christine Kamau - What a friend (Cover)
Christine Kamau - Thusday Nite Live Choices

Music

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This is for You
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Videos

Christine Kamau - Nakuru Sunshine (Official Audio)
Christine Kamau - This is for You (Official Audio)
Christine Kamau - Thursday Nite Live
Christine Kamau - Keyboard Solo
Christine Kamau - Jam Session in Ethiopia
Christine Kamau - Piano Groove
Christine Kamau - Miela Miela
Christine Kamau - Fete de la Musique

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KENairobi, Kenya
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2011

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