Christine Kamau

Bio

Christine Kamau is a Trumpeter, Composer, Band Leader and Performing Artist based in Nairobi Kenya. Originally from Nakuru, a scenic town in the Rift Valley Region of Kenya, Kamau honed her skills by playing as a sideman in local bands and churches. In 2011, she founded her own band, the African People, a music outfit that played at various events in Nairobi. Kamau credits her musical influences to Hugh Masekela, Kenyan band Maroon Commandos, Miles Davis among others.

In 2012, she released an 8-track instrumental afro-jazz album titled This is for You. The project was produced by Cameroonian music producer Romeo Kouemeni. The album offers an easy listening experience, the music being a fusion of jazz with African music elements of ‘Benga’ and Rhumba’. Her music earned her fame and this saw Kamau featuring on a BBC music program titled ‘Africa Beats’ a series that showcased emerging music talent from Africa.

In August 2017, she was the recipient of British Council’s East Africa Mobility Grant which saw her travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a music exchange encounter. The trip culminated in a collaborative jazz jam session at the Fendika Arts Gallery. In November 2017, she was invited as a speaker at the ACCESS Music In Africa Conference held in Dakar, Senegal that saw her engage in a panel discussion with other industry stakeholders on women in Africa’s music industry.

A keen collaborator and campaigner for music as a tool for propagating unity, Ms. Kamau has worked with various musicians from across the continent on and off stage, with her most notable live-performance collaborations being with renowned Ghanaian Jazz Guitarist Komla Young. Her music has enabled her perform at many festivals in Nairobi and Africa. Some of the festivals she has performed at include:

Sierra Jazz Festival (opening for the UK acid-jazz group Incognito) Nairobi (2012) The ‘Jazz with Isaiah Katumwa Show’ at Kampala Sheraton Hotel, Uganda (2013) 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) Karibu Music Festival Tanzania (2016) Kigali Jazz Junction Rwanda (2017) Yaounde Jazz Festival, Cameroon (2017) among others

Christine Kamau is also the founder and host of Women in Music Concert Series, a platform that seeks to promote young women in performing arts by providing an avenue for them to showcase their stage performance skills.

REVIEWS The Sierra Jazz Safari was effectively opened by Trumpeter Christine Kamau. Her petite frame was blown up by her amazing gift on the Trumpet Capital Lifestyle Magazine

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

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Videos

Christine Kamau performing at Capital Jazz Festival Nigeria 2016
Christine Kamau Performing at Thusday Nite Live - Choices, Nairobi October 2016
Christine Kamau: Conversations.wmv
Christine Kamau: Sonata in C minor Opus 10 No.1

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KENairobi, Kenya
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