20 December 2012

Kenya: Incognito 'Reveal' Themselves At Bomas of Kenya

By far one of the most talented jazz troupes to visit the country, Incognito let Nairobi know exactly who they were at a talented concert at the Bomas of Kenya last Sunday.

Despite heavy traffic, most of the audience showed up on time for the evening gig, effectively opened by trumpeter Christine Kamau - better known as the "Jazzist ".

Her petite frame was blown up by her amazing gift on the trumpet, which is a rarity for ladies in jazz. She performed off her recently launched album Conversations and This is for you.

Next on stage was charismatic guitarist Kato Change, his beaming stage presence and smile getting the ladies screaming. His 22 year old youthful fervour was enhanced by vocalist Lisa Noah and guitarist/producer Jazz Odongo.

It was the perfect platform for Incognito to dash in sweep the jazz lovers off their seats, for at least two hours.

Led by "Bluey" aka Jean Paul Maunick, Incognito was a pleasant surprise. Lead vocalist Imani opened to a rousing welcome with "I can see the future" off their No Time Like the Future album, also performed were hit songs "Always there", 1975 from their previous albums and slowly belted tunes from their current "Surreal" Album with songs like "Goodbye to Yesterday" performed by the handsome and amazing vocals of Mo Brandis.

The band members included Imani, Tony Morello on the vocals, Matt Cooper on Keyboards, Francis Hylton on the bass guitar, Trevor Mires on the trombone, Joao Caetano on the drums; and they left revelers begging for more.

The band was in Nairobi courtesy of Premium beer producer Sierra, and the event was described by the Capital Jazz club as the best jazz event put up in Kenya in years.

(Photos by Paul Munene).

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