Women in Music – This Kenyan Trumpeter is Set to Rock the 20th Yaoundé Jazz Festival

From 14th – 16th November, Christine Kamau will represent Kenya at the 20th Yaoundé Jazz Festival in Cameroon.


Kenyan Trumpeter Christine Kamau is set to perform in West Africa this month of November. It will be the first time in the history of the 20-year jazz festival to host an East African Jazz Musician. She is also set to speak at the annual Music In Africa Conference in Dakar, Senegal 17th & 18th November. The artist has performed in West Africa in the recent past:  Ivory Coast and Nigeria (2016).

“I am excited to be heading back to West Africa this November. I am glad to be giving the continent a taste of my music. This Africa tour has been more of a musical pilgrimage; it has been great getting to collaborate and explore the continent music-wise. I am looking forward to working on my new album in 2018 and hope to reflect the sounds experienced on this incredible journey’’.

A keen collaborator and a campaigner for music as tool for propagating unity, she has worked with various musicians on and off stage during her tour, her most notable live-performance collaborations being with renowned Ghanaian Jazz Guitarist Komla Young.

Christine Kamau has been on a tour of Africa and has graced stages in various countries including Nigeria, Zanzibar, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Tanzania. On her tour she has performed at significant jazz events including The Jahazi Literary & Jazz Festival (Zanzibar), Capital Jazz Festival (Nigeria) and ‘A night of Jazz’ at MASA festival, (Ivory Coast). She headlined the Kigali Jazz Junction (Rwanda) in February 2017, becoming the first Kenyan to grace that stage.

Christine Kamau has also been invited to speak at the annual Music In Africa Conference in Dakar, Senegal this November. The conference will feature speakers from all over the continent, the keynote address being given by Senegalese music star Baaba Maal.