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106.1 JAZZ FM-Kampala Partners With The Jahazi Jazz Festival in Zanzibar

106.1 JAZZ FM-Kampala Partners With The Jahazi Jazz Festival in Zanzibar

At 106.1 Jazz Fm, We are Proud to associate with the Jahazi Jazz Festival in Zanzibar on 2nd , 3rd and 4th SEPTEMBER this year. See below for this year’s list and bio of Jazz artistes

Ismaël Lo

Senegalese guitarist, harmonica player and singer Ismael Lo is a star of world music. With his smooth multi-textured voice and low-key folky style, he and his 12-piece band play strong, complex, percussion-laden mbalax songs that discuss important topics in Senegal ranging from racism and respect to immigration.
IIsmael Lo, born in 1960, is the son of a Senegalese civil servant who loved American soul music. Lo grew up listening to stars like James Brown, Wicked Wilson Pickett, and Otis Redding. Lo built his first guitar from a cooking oil can, and learned to play harmonica and guitar together by nailing his harmonica to the wall.
Lo was a guitarist for Super Diamano, a mbalax blues band, for five years before leaving to start his own solo career. Lo is often called the “”Bob Dylan of Senegal”” because of his guitar and harmonica combination coupled with his deeply satisfying lyrics. As Lo himself says: “I speak of racism, poverty, famine, and the relationships among people”

Ida Nielsen

You can’t fake the funk!! Star in the funky bass sky Prince’s bass player Ida Nielsen’s music is best described as a mixture of old school funk blended with
elements from hiphop, reggae and world music, with very ear catching melodies on top. And of course lots of bass!
Each song has its own attitude and feel, and yet the overall impression is a perfectly unified sound piece, paying tribute to funk.
Her first single “SHOWMEWHATUGOT” (from her upcoming album of the same name) was hand picked personally by PRINCE to be “Purple pick of
the week” on TIDAL when it was released.
Live performances are smashing, high energy funk shows packed with good vibes and tight grooves!


IDA NIELSEN’S funky fairytale traces back to when she was “around 16 years old,” living in the Danish countryside. “I got my first bass and discovered funk music at about the same time,” she remembers. Nielsen earned a diploma in electric bass from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 1998, and landed her first major gig a couple of years later, subbing with Zap Mama. Her tale took a purple hue in 2010, when she got a call from Prince’s manager. “Prince had seen my MySpace page, and I was invited to Minneapolis to jam,” says Nielsen. “I thought it was a joke, but it was real. The jam was amazing, and I’ve been playing with the New Power Generation ever since.”

Morten Schantz

Raised in Danish raised in Kalundborg, Morten Schantz started playing classical piano at the age of six. Suffering motivational problems in adolescence he was introduced to a new and inspiring teacher – and jazz. He was quickly inspired by bands and musicians like Weather Report, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, David Sanborn and Herbie Hancock.
As band leader Schantz has garnered great successes in Scandinavia, and has toured worldwide.
In July 2015 his own band Godspeed debuted at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival venue Huset, Musikcaféen in Copenhagen, Denmark. The band is a trio including with Marius Neset and Anton Eger.

Carl Winther
Carl Winther is known for his precise and extravagant compositions, and his amazing performance skills. Son of the world famous composer and trumpet player, Jens Winther, he started touring at an early age, and has been performing with the likes of Billy Hart, Jerry Bergonzi, Bill Evans, Till Broenner, Markus Strickland, Moussa Diallo, and Afonso Corea, to name but a few. An educated Jazz and Classic musician, with a true love for Latin and African rhythms, his own compositions are inspired by all this, also including the funky styles of Herbie Hancocks 70s music and avantgarde ideas.

Fathy Salama

Grammy Award-winning Egyptian musician, Fathy Salama usually appears with his ensemble Sharkiat (شرقيات, “”Easterners””).
Salama grew up listening radio playing artists who placed a deep influence upon him. His childhood influences were musicians Umm Kulthum, Mohammed Abdel Wahab and Farid El Atrache. These artists influenced him so much that he decided to get involved with music; he then started to create his own versatile style of music, from playing the piano from the age of six, followed by gigging in Cairo clubs from the age of thirteen. Soon the child of Shobra, the ‘Compton of Cairo’, made visits to Europe and to New York to learn jazz with such great artists as Barry Harris, Sun Ra, Roman Bunka, Malik Osman, Hal Galper, Ossman Kareem and Pat Patrick.
Progressing to make plenty of hits in Cairo during the 1980, he has been touring the world, and has been awarded for his film soundtracks for Fallen Angels Paradises and Signs of April. It is with his band Sharkiat that Fathy is making his dreams come true, merging modern and traditional music, thus expressing both a message from his home country and his love of music.
Through collaborations with such diverse artists as electronic musician Kouchar, Alix Roy, and Youssou N’Dour, as well as contributing to sacred Egyptian music, and by frequently parttaking in workshops to help amateurs with his experience, Salama shares his passion and knowledge through the world – and will do so also while in Zanzibar for the Jahazi Festival.

Anna Pauline

Anna Pauline Andersson from Höganäs, Sweden, was raised by a jazztrumpeter father and musical artist mother. Misical role models Nat ”King” Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday och Anita O’Day influence her music vastly, and linger in the sound of as well her live performances as CDs Meant to Be, nad Give Me Time.
Frequently engaged in the Nordic region she has gigged with many a local jazz royalty, along with her solo performances.

Christine Kamau

Kenyan instrumentalist who plays the trumpet and the saxophone, Christine Kamau has performed at various local music festivals and has appeared in the BBC series African Beats which features emerging African musicians.
Raised in Nakuru, Kamau was interested in music from an early age. Encouraged by her parents, she studied music theory and classical piano from the age of 11. She continued her studies at the Kenya Conservatoire of Music where she learnt the trumpet under Kagema Gichuhi. She now plays the trumpet in the Conservatoire’s orchestra as well as in her band African People.
Specializing in African jazz, her tracks include “”Nakuru Sunshine””, “”Conversations”” and the eight-track album This is for You. The latter presents her compositions which combine jazz with benga and rhumba.


Ally Saleh

Lawyer, journalist, poet and writer living in Zanzibar, Ally Saleh’s most recent work is a biography of Zanzibar national poet Haji Gora Haji, which he will be presenting at the Jahazi Festival Literary Afternoon.

Haji Gora

Haji Gora Haji is a poet, a writer and a minstrel whose art remained largely unknown to a wider Swahili public until the publication of his brief anthology Kimbunga (The Hurricane) in 1994. For forty years he has been active in a broad spectrum of Swalili literature. He is a word artist in the true Swahili tradition, and nestor of Zanzibar poetry.

Judy Aldrick

Author and historian Judy Aldrick specialises on East African historical books, including fascinating personalities as well as art and architecture, in 1988 she received an M. Litt for her thesis on the carved doors of the East African coast. Her current topic of interest is the old British Consulates in Zanzibar – the original site of which, happens to be Livingstone’s Beach Restaurant where her Sunday talk will take place.
The presentation will be of her most recent book though, The Sultan’s Spymaster. Many books have been written about the history of Zanzibar from 1850 to 1900, but most often tend to focus almost entirely on the role of the European powers and their relationship with the Sultans. Left out of these histories is any mention of the important role played by Indian merchants and politicians; Aldrick’s new book attempts to fill in the missing information by looking at the role of Indians during this complex period of Zanzibar history.


August 10th, 2016

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