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KYMradio is the home of the best African jazz experience. A memorable flight around Africa with scintillating African Jazz numbers carefully selected and curated by yours truly Msanii Kimani wa Wanjiru.

Etuk Ubong: EP Introduces a Fresh Trumpet Voice

By Gwen Ansell Once upon a time, the career path for a young jazz player was clear. Pay your dues at a succession of live local gigs in increasingly prominent, demanding and high-priced venues, moving gradually from periphery to city centre. Apartheid smashed that path in South Africa. Racial and residential segregation, public gathering laws, and the smug self-protection of ... Read More »

August Agboola Browne Nigerian pioneer of Jazz Music and World War 2 hero

Courtesy of August Agboola Browne is, unknown to most, probably the first West African to record a Jazz album. The same of which was released in Poland in 1928. This landmark has its origin’s in the story of a man who was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1895 and who it is said, stowed away on a ship and travelled ... Read More »

Jahazi Literary and Jazz Festival returns to Zanzibar

Courtesy of After a successful second edition that saw Malian artist Salif Keita perform, the Old Fort in Zanzibar will between 2 – 4 September come alive as the third Jahazi Literary and Jazz Festival holds. The festival will feature open-air jazz concerts, poetry readings, storytelling, literary round table discussions and cultural walks. Kenyan trumpeter Christine Kamau, Danish pianist and composer Morten ... Read More »

From Grahamstown to Sandton: Jazz Festivals with Contrasting Visions

By Gwen Ansell We now have an indication of the programmes for the next two major jazz festivals of the year: the Standard Bank Jazz Festival (June 30 –July 9) in Grahamstown, and the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz in Sandton, Johannesburg (15-17 Sept). On this initial showing, greater contrast in curatorial approaches would be hard to imagine. One opens doors on fresh jazz ... Read More »

In the time of Marikana, hipness alone is no longer enough

Early this year, saxophonist and composer Salim Washington (SW) granted Gwen Ansell (GA) an interview prior to his gigs at the Orbit in Johannesburg and the conversation went like this……. GA: Tell us a little about how you got started in jazz? SW: I decided to be a dedicated musician after a friend shared a John Coltrane LP. I was ... Read More »

Jazzy Highlife at Copenhagen Festival

By John Owoo, in Denmark Brekete Sounds, a group comprising of Ghanaian musicians based in Denmark, made a bold appearance at this year’s Copenhagen Jazz festival with a gripping performance. With a cool blend of highlife and jazz, the group filled Café Cadeau, which is located in the Frederiksberg area of Copenhagen, with graceful highlife rhythms thereby turning the concert ... Read More »

African Voices- across generations

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