Kenyan musicians will be part of a global community of artists and fans celebrating the International Jazz Day this Sunday. This is the sixth annual International Jazz Day organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
The day highlights the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity, intercultural dialogue and unity between people from different parts of the world.
It is celebrated through jazz performances, jam sessions, master classes and outreach programmes taking place in more than 190 countries on all continents. Last year, President Barack Obama hosted the International Jazz Day concert at the White House with a show by more than 60 artists, including Aretha Franklin, Lee Ritenour and South African legend Hugh Masekela.
This year’s All-Star Concert featuring jazz icons like Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Quincy Jones, Richard Bona and artists representing 14 countries will take place in Havana, Cuba this weekend. The event will also be streamed live on the UNESCO website.