JazzKif at 10 years


From Wednesday 1st June to Saturday, June 4, 2016, the capital of DR Congo (Kinshasa) will host the 10th edition of the festival “JazzKif”, the largest jazz festival in the DRC, which will pay tribute to the deceased Papa Wemba for his music contribution.

Kinshasa – one of the most environmental cities in Africa will for the 10th time host the festival JazzKif on its soil. The festivities will be held at the French Institute (Halle de la Gombe)  in front of thousands of music lovers and Jazz fans from across the globe.

Since its creation, the festival has been graced by renowned artists including  Tiken Jah Fakoly, Lokwa Kanza, Mohombi, Fally Ipupa just to mention a few. This year the organizers have a special treat for the local Kinshasa Jazz scene by inviting the group from Kinshasa “Jafrozz” who will be accompanied on saxophone by “Pierre Vaiana” the Verde Cape “Elida Almeida” winner of the Discovery RFI 2015, the Cameroonian ” Blick Basy “and finally” Ray Lema “a legend of Jazz Congolese.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary, the organizers decided to start the 4 exceptional evenings as follows:

June 1: From Kinshasa “Jafrozz” will have the honor of opening the festival with their guest saxophonist “Pierre Vaiana” said “Mwalimu”. Then “Blick Bassy” playing new music from his third album Ako, the Cameroonian singer is the most requested artist on radio in his country at the moment. Watch out for penetrating, comforting and dance melodies on opening night.

Jafrozz-Pierre-Vaiana cover Blick-Bassy cover

June 2: The beautiful and charming voice of “Elida Almeida” will grace the public on this 2nd day of Jazzkif festival. At 23 years old, the winner of the RFI discovery prize in 2016 is touring Europe and Africa showcasing her new album “happy hours, bitter Hours”

Elida 2

June 3: Get ready for FIRE – “Baloji and the orchestra of the Katuba” embellish the third night of the festival. The rapper, singer, songwriter born and raised in Lubumbashi; discover his infused sound of African music, French and Afro American. Great stuff!!!


June 4: At 70 years young “Ray Lema” will be performing for the first time at Jazzkif to a sold out crowd.The legendary musician performing in the country for the first time since 1979 the year I was born 🙂  – this for me is like putting a cherry on the cake. If you can only make night – let this be it!!!

Ray Lema

The International Festival of Jazz Kinshasa is one of the few festivals in Congo to run for 10 years without interruption. Kinshasa hasn’t lost its sheen in the musical field. Its still thee cultural center for music and the arts in Africa

The flagship slogan which is nothing other than ” Jazz Kif, Tempo Emata (JazzKif the tempo increases) ” they succeeded admirably. is one I can’t wait to hear at the festival



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