UP Nairobi are proud and excited to kick off our 2017 live music events in a partnership with Roots International. The first concert will take place on February 11 at Treehouse, Museum Hill, Nairobi and features Seychelles islander Grace Barbé.
She truly is the real deal, a genuinely exotic world music star for the 21st century, with the talent, looks and voice to match. Grace’s soulful music reflects and celebrates the diverse cultural influences of her Indian Ocean heritage.
The new album Welele! represents a mature and definitive manifesto of Grace’s “Afro-Kreol” style – a colourful and energetic fusion of tropical island rhythms with African percussion, reggae, pop, rock and latin flavours. Watch her album launch of Welele – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wez_oXxChzU
In performance, Grace lights up the stage with a vibrant and engaging presence that compels the audience to get up and dance. Her voice is a remarkably powerful instrument, and as a songwriter she has a rare and natural gift for rhythm and melody. Grace plays guitar and bass and sings in three languages; English, Kreol and French. Grace’s band has been awarded “Best World Act” an incredible five years running in her current home state of Western Australia. Following the release of her debut album “Kreol Daughter” in 2009, Grace has performed at major festivals all over the Indian Ocean (Mauritius, La Reunion and Seychelles), as well as at many of Australia’s leading music festivals, including Womadelaide, WOMAD New Zealand, Byron Bay Bluesfest and Woodford Folk Festival.