Celebrated American R&B singer, music producer and songwriter Keith Sweat will headline this year's Nile Gold Jazz Safari to take place on October 4th at the Kampala Serena Hotel. This is the sixth year it is being held.
This was revealed on Tuesday night at the launch of the Jazz Safari 2013 at The Brand House in Bugolobi, where excited guests were treated to scrumptious eats and beer plus Pragma's fingers flying across his keyboard for entertainment.
Keith Sweat has sold more than 25 million records and is mainly known in Uganda for his '90s hits like Twisted, No Body and I'll Give All My Love To You. He will perform alongside John Blackwell, currently one of the world's leading drummers; trumpeter Michael 'Patches' Stewart, and Saxophonist Tom Braxton (hey, it's Tom, not Toni). That means there will be sum up to four headliners and two bands since Blackwell will also fly in with his band 'The John Blackwell Project'. He is a charismatic drummer and the man behind the funky drum sounds of music Superstar Prince. Blackwell has worked with Pattie La Belle, and has also played drums and toured with Cameo, Justin Timberlake, P Diddy and Charlie Singleton.
Michael "Patches" Stewart, who hails from New Orleans the home of Jazz, is a renowned trumpeter who started his career as a child and has grown to be admired for his skill. He has worked with Brothers Johnson, Quincy Jones, Al Jareau; and has also worked with Grammy award winning producer, composer and bass legend Marcus Miller.
Tom Braxton, a multi- talented artiste is a composer, an instrumentalist and performer who has seven albums to his credit including Endless Highway (2009), Imagine this(2007) and Bounce (2005), among others. Braxton played and toured with Wayman Tisdale for 12 Years.
Started in 2008 the Jazz Safari has grown to become Uganda's premium Jazz event and has featured legendary musicians like Eric Marienthal, Jonathan Butler, Gerald Albright, Howard Hewett, and Regina Belle.
Jazz Safari founder TShaka Mayanja said this edition would present the toughest line-ups he's ever had to deal with.
"They're all very busy and renowned that getting them here has been hard. I must thank Nile Gold for their unwavering support, and continued belief in this vision, and the Most High for continued life and favor. This year, we are gearing up for one huge funk party! Put on your dancing shoes. You certainly won't need seats coz the jazz-funk and soul will keep you up!"