Globally acclaimed American Jazz Performer Dianne Reeves is in the country ahead of the upcoming Safaricom Jazz Festival.
Ms. Reeves will headline two shows set for Nairobi and Naivasha.
She will be backed by Italy’s Double Cut band and Kenyan guitarist Kato Change on Thursday October 18, 2018 at Uhuru Gardens. The Naivasha show will also feature an upcoming Kenyan band, AdHoc.
Speaking on Wednesday after she jetted in on Tuesday evening, Reeves expressed excitement at being in the country “saying it has taken me years to be here in Kenya finally.”
“We will do new music, some music that we have recorded before and, perhaps, something that we’ll just make up on the spot that will be dedicated to your country.”
According to a statement to newsrooms, “proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to the Ghetto classics music programme, which has been the Safaricom Jazz beneficiary since 2014 and has so far received an estimated Ksh.60 million, funds that have benefited over 1,400 children from Nairobi and Mombasa.”
“Proceeds from the 2018/2019 Edition will see the Ghetto Classics Schools programme extend to Kisumu.”