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Ghetto Classics Are The Next Big Thing In The Kenyan Jazz Music Scene

Don’t you just love it when you get to read about stories of inspiration?

I know I love a good “from grass to grace” read. One such story is that of the Ghetto Classics. Have you heard about them? If not, worry not, we will school you.

So Ghetto Classics is a Programme piloted by Safaricom, an initiative by Safaricom’s CEO Bob Collymore. The community programme aims to transform lives of over 650 children in Korogocho, Huruma, Dandora and Mukuru kwa Reuben, as well as students from Farasi Lane Primary School and Muthangari Primary School in Nairobi.

The programme uses music education to provide the youth with opportunities to better themselves and their communities, equipping them with skills in live music performance as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty that many of them are born into.

The programme also provides them with income generating opportunities and has been supported by proceeds from the Safaricom International Jazz Festival since 2014.

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They have also benefited by being tutored by Jazz stars; basically learning from the best.

And it’s no wonder that when they take to the stage, their performance is unrivaled, one that cannot be outshone!

Safaricom Jazz festival brings people together to enjoy music and proceeds from the ticket sales go to Ghetto Classics and they benefit by getting music instruments and their skills are developed.

They get to play in front of thousands and their talent gets an international audience – something they would not have the capacity to do individually.

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The harmony, energy and enthusiasm is felt when these kids take to the stage and we bet you, they are the next big thing in the Kenyan jazz scene and boy, someone catch them cause they’re on a roll.

Watch this Ghetto Classics testimonial by Lamek:

Here are some photos of them performing in previous Jazz festivals:

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Image courtesy: Safaricom

safaricom jazz festival

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Image courtesy: Safaricom