Johnnie Walker Jazz & Soul Safari amplifies to mark tenth milestone

- Kizomba music featuring Yola Semedo from Angola to headline show

- Tickets to be sold via Stanbic Flexipay

- Early bird ticket discount available

Kampala, July 4, 2017:  The Jazz & Soul Safari turns ten this year and organisers are switching things up to celebrate the milestone. World-revered whisky Johnnie Walker is the new title sponsor, hence the event being renamed the Johnnie Walker Jazz & Soul Safari.

In true celebratory spirit, the event that will take place on Saturday September 2 at the Lugogo Cricket Oval is also amplifying musically, with this year’s theme titled “Wear your dancing shoes.”

“For the last nine years, we've explored American Contemporary Music. Jazz, funk and soul/R&B music. We've showcased some of the finest artists and musicians in these genres on our illustrious stage. American Contemporary Music has spawned off an incredible variety and amount of sub genres all across the world. Last year we included one of the most popular of those sub genres, Lovers Rock Reggae, for the very first time, and to celebrate the tenth anniversary milestone, we are featuring the global phenomenon that is Kizomba music,” Jazz Safari founder Tshaka Mayanja said.

Angolan Yola Semedo who is regarded as one of the finest exponents of Kizomba is set to enchant her Ugandan audience with the spectacular and soulful sound of the popular genre.  Originating in Angola, Kizomba is a ‘first cousin’ of Zouk, and is characterised by a slower and usually very romantic rhythm.

Semedo is the lead singer for the 'Impactus 4' family band, founded in Lobito, Angola in 1982 by Mr. Orlando Semedo. Her performances also include genres like jazz, neo-soul and R&B.

For the jazz aficionados, incredible Jazz-funk and soul shall be showcased as usual. Marcus Anderson, one of the world’s most sought-after saxophonists is on the cards. An artist of extraordinary jazz pedigree, not only is Anderson a very popular solo performer, with eight albums to date, and accompanying acts such as CeeLo Green and Judith Hill, he has featured as a saxophonist with the late Prince’s New Power Generation.

What’s more, local jazz enthusiasts can already start looking forward to an artist who, in addition to being a sax maestro, plays the flute, sings, writes, dances, produces and arranges music.

Announcing the Johnnie Walker partnership, Uganda Breweries’ Head Whisky Portfolio, Annette Nakiyaga said, “Johnnie Walker is a brand that represents continuity and success, which is what the Jazz & Soul Safari stands for. It has been the pick of events on the entertainment calendar for the nine years of its existence, in much the same way that Johnnie Walker has stood out as the whisky of choice over the ages.”

Speaking on behalf of  Stanbic Bank, Sonia Karamagi Kasagga the Bank’s Senior Manager for Marketing said, “We are extremely proud to be associated with an event with such a rich and illustrious history. The Jazz and Soul Safari is one of East Africa’s leading musical properties having featured some of the world’s greatest musicians.” This year is even more special as we celebrate a decade of incredible artists, fantastic hits and unforgettable memories.”

Informing music lovers where tickets would be available for sale Sonia revealed, All tickets purchased with your visa card or the new payment platform Flexipay will be given at an Early bird incentive. The price will be discounted from 130k to 100k. These will be purchased at selected merchant.

Flexipay is a payment and collection solution enabling all customers on mobile money to pay for goods and services into a designated merchant code.

The annual jazz event was started by musicians Mayanja and Elijah Kitaka, who had a passion to introduce jazz music to Uganda. Inspired by radio jazz segments and small gatherings, it transformed into nine international standard concerts that showcased the intricate craft that is jazz.

The event organisers in partnership with Rotary will carry on the spirit of giving back. The Johnnie Walker Jazz & Soul Safari CSR contributions go to the Jazz Safari ward they helped set up at Nsambya Hospital. And as the Lugogo Cricket Oval will be hosting the event for the second year running, the Johnnie Walker Jazz & Soul Safari will, in appreciation, also give back to the gentleman’s game of cricket through a sponsorship of the National 50 Overs Cricket League—aptly named The Jazz Safari National Cricket League.

Notes to Editors

About Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker is the world's number-one selling Scotch whisky brand, representing the idea of personal progress for the many people who enjoy it in more than 180 countries worldwide.

John Walker pioneered blending when he founded the business in 1820 and never looked back, growing it from a grocer's own Scotch whisky into a stylish, global icon. It is that same forward-looking perspective that drives the brand and its consumers today.

Johnnie Walker’s range of award-winning whiskies include Johnnie Walker Red Label, Johnnie Walker Black Label, Johnnie Walker Double Black, Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, Johnnie Walker Platinum Label and Johnnie Walker Blue Label.



DIAGEO is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s, Windsor and Bush mills whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Tanqueray and Guinness.

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About Uganda Breweries

Uganda Breweries Limited, a subsidiary of East African Breweries, the region’s leading beverage Alcohol Company in which Diageo is a majority shareholder.

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About Stanbic Bank Uganda

Stanbic Bank Uganda is a member of the Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest bank by assets. Standard Bank Group reported total assets of R1,98 trillion (about USD128 billion) at 31 December 2015, while its market capitalisation was R184 billion (about USD11,8 billion).

The group has direct, on-the-ground representation in 20 African countries. Standard Bank Group has 1 221 branches and 8 815 ATMs in Africa, making it one of the largest banking networks on the continent. It provides global connections backed by deep insights into the countries where it operates.

Stanbic Bank Uganda provides the full spectrum of financial services. Its Corporate & Investment Banking division serves a wide range of requirements for banking, finance, trading, investment, risk management and advisory services. Corporate & Investment Banking delivers this comprehensive range of products and services relating to: investment banking; global markets; and global transactional products and services.

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