For ages, music has been anÂ intriguing form of human existence which ignites and shapes ourÂ intellectual, social and emotional facets.
However, the immense transformative power of music is best epitomized byÂ Ghetto Classics, aÂ community project that has been changing lives inÂ Korogocho Slums, Nairobi.
It all beganÂ in 2008 whenÂ Fr John Webootsa askedÂ Elizabeth Njoroge to teach music at St. Johnâ€™s Â Catholic Church in Korogocho in what evolved to be theÂ Art of Music Foundation.
The participating children from the underprivileged parts of Nairobi saw a brighter ray of hope that ushered a world of possibilities.
From performing forÂ President Uhuru Kenyatta and Pope Francis to gettingÂ lessons from international musicians like Branford Marsalis,Â Kirk WhalumÂ andÂ Salif KeÃ¯ta – the impact ofÂ Ghetto Classics on their lives has been phenomenal.
For over five years now, 3,000 children have benefited through the Ghetto Classics Outreach programme in Korogocho which focuses on 10 satellite areas around Nairobi, Kiambu and Mombasa.
The programme has had a unique approach that uses music education to provide the youth with opportunities to better themselves and their communities.
By equipping the youngstersÂ with skills in live music performance, Ghetto Classics has had a major impact as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty that many of them are born into.
On Thursday, October 18, 2018, this great achievement will be in full display at Uhuru Gardens, Langata.
It will be the Safaricom Jazz Lounge which is the hallmark of this great course.
Dianne ReevesÂ (USA), one of the world’s most accomplished Jazz singersÂ will be gracing the occasion this time around alongside other celebrated musicians including Double Cut (Italy), Peter Martin, Romera Lubambo, Reginald Veal, Kato Change (Kenya) and Terreon Gully.
With the event tickets going for only Ksh2,000 and Ksh500 (students), it will be a perfect way to spend a Thursday evening from 6 PM till midnight.
Tickets to this worthy cause are retailing at select Safaricom Shops, Michael Joseph Centre and m-ticketing (dialling 1511).
Soothing Jazz tunes under the bright Nairobi night sky?Â Certainly, a swanky way to witness and support something greater than life.