As part of their India tour, James Jozee and his eight piece band ‘Gogosimo’ will perform in Goa at The Panjim Gymkhana on Friday, November 15. Ahead of the visit, Jozee speaks to NT BUZZ
The high energy Afro Latino beats of ‘Gogosimo’ will reverberate through Panjim Gymkhana on November 15 as the band gets set to put on a high voltage show in the state as part of their India tour.
Fronted by Marcus James Jozee more commonly known as James Jozee, the band also comprises of tenor and alto saxophonist Noah Fukwe Saha, pianist and keyboardist Michael Jozee, bass guitarist Moses Karanja, lead guitarist David Omamu, percussionist Meshack Niyonkuri, and vocalist Matilda Hilda Achayo.
“Everyone is very excited because it’s their first time in India. We can’t wait to experience all that India has to offer,” says Jozee who defines their music as an Afro smoothie which has a unique combination of pop, jazz, nzele, zuk and salsa. Indeed, over the last few years, ‘Gogosimo’ has garnered fans all over Africa and Europe, with covers of popular songs as well as original tracks from jazz, Latino, pop, rumba, Afro beats, salsa, zouk, segaa, mwanzele, mserego, and soul. The reason why they have managed to traverse boundaries, says Jozee, “is because we play different genres of music that touch different ethnicities and tribes around the world”. He further adds that he believes that it is the rhythm, spirituality and love that brings people together.
Jozee himself has imbibed music skills from his father, a renowned jazz saxophone player, and has shared the stage with international and top African artists. He has six albums under his belt and has performed with Hugh Masekela and Salif Keita. He has recorded music with Papa Wemba, Isaiah Katumwa, and Dede Mabiaku.
‘Gogosimo’ manages to play music across genres and Jozee says that it is important for the band especially because of the mix of tribes in the band members. “We are versatile and it is very important for us to touch every corner of this planet so we keep an open mind,” he says.
Post their Goa performance, they will be heading over to Bengaluru on Saturday, November 16 and will be performing in Mumbai on November 17.
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Internationally acclaimed performances:
• 2018 – International Safaricom Jazz Festival alongside Manu
• 2017 – International Safaricom Jazz Festival- All Star Edition
• 2016 – Koroga Festival alongside Koffi Olomide
• 2015 – International Safaricom Jazz Festival alongside Salif Keita
• 2013- Red Cross International Charity Gala
• 2013- Hosted the Prince of England at The Great Rift Valley Lodge, Naivasha
• 2010- Festival Culturelles, Alliance Francaise
• 2002-2004, Kenya Tourism Promotions: France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy
• 2002- Wine festival, Germany