The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Enrico Crivellaro - Performing in Kenya Is Emotional

Visiting two-time Grammy nominee Enrico Crivellaro said performing in Kenya is "emotional" and "meaningful" especially since it is his first time in Africa.

In a press briefing at the Tribe Hotel in Nairobi, Enrico said, "I'm more comfortable on stage and being here is a great opportunity for me; I can feel the energy. My dream as a child was to play a guitar. I never thought I would travel to the many places I have been to."

He added: "Being on stage is something very special. I get emotional talking about it. I have never been here before and I won't be heading home next week after the show; I want to see more of East Africa.

He said Kenya is a special place. "It is a completely new and exciting feeling beyond what I expected. There is something special about Africa. In a way this is like going back in time. It is like going back to church to search for the truth because blues come from here. It is a deep strong feeling being here. A meaningful thing for me. The music we play and love comes from here."

Enrico said the reason why he has stayed true to blues is because "I grew up listening to blues and as a musician you kind of have to pick on a style and play it till you are good at it."

American vocalist Brian Templeton who will join Enrico on stage tonight added: "Anybody can play blues but you don't play blues to get rich. If you don't get the spiritual healing from it then there are better ways of getting your 100 bucks."

The two will be performing at the Jazz, Blues & Fashion in the Wild event at Ivory Burning Centre, Nairobi National Park.

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