AFROLECT
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

#AfrolectJazz is where audiences experience the soulful rhythms of acclaimed virtuosos alongside the fresh beats of emerging talents– all under our overarching commitment to nurturing the next generations of artists. Afrolect has evolved into an electrifying musical and cultural experience featuring artists from Kenya and beyond.

Previous Events

PREVIOUS EVENTS
AND WORKS

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AFROLECT
JAZZ FESTIVAL
2023.

Afrolect Jazz 2023 took the music to Nairobi National Park. As the International Jazz Day celebration in Nairobi, we featured 80 musicians on stage, comprised of acts from Kenya and Italy; in collaboration with the The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO, the Italian Institute of Culture, Air France/KLM and Capital FM.

Love and Ballads 2

LOVE
AND BALLADS 2.

Love & Ballads 2 was an immersive experience that brought the music to the audience. With the audience sitting right next to the music, the magic produced by Mackinlay unfolded for the evening. Featuring the talents of Lisa Oduor-Noah, Brian Sigu, Gianfranco Menzella, Jo-G, Jack Muguna, Mike Onyie and Pascal Bill.

Love and Ballads 1

LOVE
& BALLADS.

Our first intimate edition ”Love & Ballads" featured the artistry of Mackinlay, Noel Nderitu and friends in a cozy space of 50 people. Think of a living room full of talent.

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AFROLECT
JAZZ FESTIVAL
2019.

Laughter mingles with the smooth sounds of saxophone solos, creating an irresistible energy that fills the air. Conversations flow easily between sets, fueled by shared love for the music and the electric atmosphere. As the music swells, the crowd sways in unison, a sea of smiling faces united by the magic of jazz.

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AFROLECT
JAZZ FESTIVAL
2018.

Afrolect Jazz Festival ignites Nairobi's vibrant music scene,with electrifying music performances Nairobi's scene will never be the same again.

Mackinlay’s Christmas in Brass

MACKINLAY'S
CHRISTMAS IN BRASS
2023.

Mackinlay’s Christmas in Brass is a live production that unites some of Nairobi’s most exciting performers to reimagine your favorite Christmas repertoire. In 2023, we presented on stage a 15 piece ensemble comprised of a band, a vocal section and a horn section. The show is imagined and produced by Mackinlay.

AfroJazz Recital

AFROJAZZ
RECITAL.

The air still hums with the magic of that night. Victor Dey ,his talent on the keys, an incredible ensemble produced a performance unlike any other. Originals and classics, infused with jazz and the vibrant soul of Africa, filled the room. A memory etched in sound, a night that whispered promises of future magic.

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AFROLECT VIBE

MACKINLAY
MUTSEMBI

Mackinlay is a pioneering trumpeter, award-winning bandleader, producer and event curator. He has been influential in bringing to the fore responsible for bringing the horns into the music game on the Kenyan music scene. As founder, composer and Music Director for the award- winning band Nairobi Horns Project, Mackinlay has made many appearances on many musical stages and festivals with all sorts of acts; bands, DJs, solo acts... the works. Mackinlay is also a producer and recording artist. His work has been featured on stages such as The Safaricom International Jazz Festival and Coke Studio Africa among others. His passion for change and his personal story of overcoming adversity and dedication to personal improvement led to the founding of the Afrolect Academy. His experience has put him in the unique position to see the gaps and barriers to entry for young artist pursing their creative passion. Mackinlay would like to give the opportunity that he was never afforded growing up, a clear path to a successful career for young musicians and creatives.

Curator

MEET THE
CURATOR

MACKINLAY
MUTSEMBI

Mackinlay is a pioneering trumpeter, award-winning bandleader, producer and event curator. He has been influential in bringing to the fore responsible for bringing the horns into the music game on the Kenyan music scene. As founder, composer and Music Director for the award- winning band Nairobi Horns Project, Mackinlay has made many appearances on many musical stages and festivals with all sorts of acts; bands, DJs, solo acts... the works. Mackinlay is also a producer and recording artist. His work has been featured on stages such as The Safaricom International Jazz Festival and Coke Studio Africa among others. His passion for change and his personal story of overcoming adversity and dedication to personal improvement led to the founding of the Afrolect Academy. His experience has put him in the unique position to see the gaps and barriers to entry for young artist pursing their creative passion. Mackinlay would like to give the opportunity that he was never afforded growing up, a clear path to a successful career for young musicians and creatives.

AFROLECT ACADEMY

In the heart of creativity, Afrolect Academy stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of its founder, Mackinlay, renowned for steering the Nairobi Horns Project, Afrolect Jazz, Christmas in Brass to acclaim. Mackinlay's journey is a symphony of resilience and ambition. Growing up in some tough neighbourhoods of Mombasa, he shaped his musical path through the soulful notes from his horn.

MUSIC EDUCATION CONTENT

Our aim is to bridge the gap and extend music education impact through developing a curriculum with industry professionals, creating insightful seminars packaged into video content for online distribution.

SCHOOL OUTREACH

Our aim is to foster musical education, inspire creativity, and provide valuable industry exposure to both students and teachers. Afrolect works with high school and tertiary Institutions, as well as young people out of high school and seeking a path to music as a profession. This hands-on experience bridges the gap between education and industry experience.

THE ACADEMY ORCHESTRA

The Afrolect Academy Orchestra will provide deserving students with a structured mentorship program, fostering skill development, performance experience, and professional experience in the music industry. We aim to provide a transformative experience that goes beyond traditional music education.

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