When Jazz is mentioned, a female artist is not the first thing that comes to mind but let me change that today. Think of Jazz? Add Christine Kamau to your list :).
Her performance in the Safaricom Jazz Festival 2014 was nothing short of breathtaking! And although she has performed in various musical events, she looks forward to performing in many more both home and abroad…
- Why Music?
I began showing signs of musicality at an early age. I did not choose music, music chose me. I began on classical piano and played for quite a number of years until to an advanced level. However, I now mostly perform on the Trumpet. My music career has now become the tangible expressive outlet for my creative thoughts and ideas.
- Where do you get your motivation from?
God, Conversations, Situations…the desire to create music that will ultimately count for something.
- How do you handle discouragements?
Depends on the magnitude of the discouragement. Some I can easily brush off, some I talk to a good friend about…My personal mantra is to learn the overall lesson from the experience and forget the details. It is never empowering to ponder on negativity.
- Best advice given? Choose a motto to live by
‘Things just don’t happen, somebody somewhere always pays the price’. In short…Be Proactive.
5. If your creative work were edible, what would it taste like?
Pilau…. African & Wholesome. A nice mix of various ingredients.
- Whose work are you following at the moment?
- What advice would you give me?
Competition is good, but collaboration is even better. Explore ways to synergize with other gifted people.
- When do you feel most energized? Mornings.
- What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working towards performing at various music festivals around Africa in order to develop a broader musical perspective and to explore the similarities between African folk music. So far I have covered Ethiopia, Uganda & Ivory Coast. Looking forward to performing in Zanzibar, Nigeria and Tanzania before this year ends.
- Whose work has influenced you most?
The legendary Hugh Masekela.
Her work can be found on Her Website here
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