Afro-pop Under the Stars! A Special HotHouse Upcoming Event Friday, July 17th

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Concert to Benefit HotHouse
African Artists Kinobe and Jaja
perform in a special intimate evening of music

The concert supports the efforts of the HotHouse to develop a new permanent home for their award winning programs

Born near Lake Victoria in Uganda, Kinobe (Chinobay) is a gifted Ugandan multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and philanthropist known for his inspired synthesis of African roots and global fusion. Over the years as a touring musician he has shared the stage with re-known African musicians including Toumani Diabate, Youssou N’dour, Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Oliver Mtukudzi and Baaba Maal. Kinobe is proud to be a World Ambassador for the Harmony Foundation (CANADA) supporting their important work on environmental protection and social development and improving the lives of children and their families around the world.  In 2014 Kinobe performed in renowned venues such as The Kennedy Center and BAM Center, (Brooklyn Academy of music).
Jean-Jean Bashengezi known by his childhood name “JAJA”, was born and raised in Bukavu, the capital of Kivu province in eastern DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo).

At age 12, JAJA and his friends started making tin can drums by wrapping the open tin tops with rubber. played them with sticks. At 14, he discovered a three string acoustic guitar made by one of his friends with its strings made out of bicycle break parts.  In 1992, JAJA created a  group at his university to sing songs about social issues, from reggae to French pop music. In the mix of the Rwandan genocide, the Eastern Congo became the center of war and massacre then followed the fall of Mobutu dictatorship. Musicians became a danger to the conspiracy and JAJA had no choice but run for his life. He fled to Uganda where a new page of his life began. In 1997, he moved to Kampala, carrying his luggage and acoustic guitar and was granted  refugee status. Because Congolese music was popular all over East Africa, JAJA soon became one of the best known lead soukouss guitarists in Kampala.  Jaja has played the world over sharing the stage with Vieux Farka Toure, Habib Koite and many long time HotHouse Favorites !

Listen to this sample of their music

Imagine a warm starry night with new friends, extraordinary  music from far away lands a chance to build meaningful community ……

This special concert is another rare opportunity presented by HotHouse to meet up close, some of the world’s most compelling artists in a very intimate setting.
Friday July 17
7 pm
in the backyard at the home of Salome Chasnoff and Brad Newton
6119 N. Hermitage (near Ridge and Peterson)Chicago

Given the limited number of tickets available
It is recommended to pre-purchase your tickets

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