Christine Kamau “The Jazzist” is an afro-jazz trumpeter/composer and a upcoming artist in the Kenyan jazz scene.
Her style can best be described as easy listening instrumental afro-jazz. Some of her compositions Conversations, African People and Ulisema worked on with Cameroonian music producer Romeo Kouemeni are already receiving radio airplay.
Christine grew up in Nakuru Kenya and began showing signs of music appreciation at an early age. Her parents encouraged her by enrolling her for lessons at age eleven to study music theory and classical piano. She followed on with learning the trumpet at The Kenya Conservatoire of Music under Kagema Gichuhi. She is a gifted multi-instrumentalist who also loves playing the alto saxophone and tenor trombone.
Her love for African-jazz began while on a trip to South Africa for a music audition where she discovered Jazz music by African horn players like Jonas Gwangwa, Moses Khumalo, Ratau Mike, Moses Molelekwa amongst others. Inspired by the exposure to their music and enthused by their fusion of modern jazz with distinctive South African grooves she began to write and arrange her own music. She draws her inspiration from a spiritual calling coupled by the affection for songwriting and composition.
The forthcoming event Ultra Smooth – Ladies of Jazz will host “ The Jazzist” Christine Kamau, Nairobi’s latest jazz sensation. Christine will curtain raise for internationally acclaimed Valerie Kimani, who will perform her famous “Baiskeli” and her latest single, sung in zulu” Where is the Love.” The debut event is set to take place on Wednesday 25th April, 2012 at its Brasserie on the 2nd floor of the Yaya Centre.