Jazz crosses borders with Kenyan and South African recording

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Aaron Rimbui, the Kenyan jazz musician who’s been instrumental in reinvigorating and establishing a flourishing jazz scene in Kenya, is set to release a new collaboration with two award-winning South African musicians.

Together with Herbie Tsoaeli on bass and Avande Sikade on drums, Rimbui reprises his role as a jazz pianist and will be transcending geographical borders with this highly anticipated trio recording.

The recording was done in Johannesburg and is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Rimbui and Sikade, which first blossomed on the sidelines of Nairobi’s Safaricom Jazz Festival in February.

Ayanda invited the Kenyan jazz musician to play a series of shows in South Africa’s premier jazz club in April and September; and from that, the trio recorded eight tracks in just one day – six of which were original compositions.

“The experience was absolutely mind boggling!” comments Rimbui in regards to his admiration for his fellow collaborators.

Tsoaeli is SAMA award-winning artist and one of South Africa’s living jazz legends, and  Sikade is regarded as ‘the only drummer to go to” when it came to cutting an album. The pair are also featured as the rhythm section on Thandiswa’s highly-acclaimed album ‘Belede,’ which comes out on 25th of November.

The Rimbui, Tsoaeli and Sikade collaboration comes out early next year.

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SUSAN WONG

Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

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