Kaz Kasozi is a Ugandan musician/producer; his music fuses blues, funk, jazz, pop/rock influences with an African sensibility. A multi-instrumentalist, Kaz’s music is edgy and hard with guitar and laidback when on piano. He has been described as “Uganda’s Funkmaster” by The East African. His work has been likened to Richard Bona, Prince & James Brown.
As a performer and band leader he has played at prominent venues such as the Royal National Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Hall & the Jazz Cafe in London, The Zenith in Paris, among others. He has performed at the London African Music Festival 2008 as artist in residence and at the 2009 Bayimba International Festival of Music and Arts in Kampala in 2009 and 2011. He has toured the US, Japan and widely across Europe. He has also worked as music director/band leader for various tours for different bands and shows in the UK, France, Uganda and the US.
Recently he has just started up a new line up called Blue Sugarcane based in Kampala which is going to bring a sugar stained slice of Ugandan funk to the scene.
Kaz has produced /co-produced many recordings and arranged music for an eclectic number of artists and bands including English rock band Star Chamber, Ugandan artists Sarah Ndagire, Rachel Magoola, Benon Mugumbya, Essence Kasozi, Maurice Kirya & Tshila; Japanese Mina Nakao; UK R&B/jazz artist Mix Amylo; Algerian Farid Aldjazairi to mention a few.
In 2008 Kaz released a jazz collaboration “Jazzmoss” together with English singer/poet Louisa Le Marchand ; it was critically acclaimed and it showcased a different side to Kaz’s musical side incorporating world and folk emotion with a traditional jazz touch.
Reffering to Kaz’s second solo album Naked and Blue, critics have said: “a Ugandan classic and timeless piece…” by Music Uganda and “A gem with very infectious African ‘Ethnic-soul’!” by Tw records review (2005); “…hard edged, rock driven afro-funk style, irresistible and unique,” by World Music Network (2007); “Kaz’s skills as a multi-instrumentalist weave a rich sound canvas, creating a true world fusion work; he plays 11 instruments on this album.” Bamutariki Musinguzi , The East African.
Of Jazzmoss they have said: “Jazzmoss the new collaboration between Greenwich based poet and singer Louisa Le Marchand and Ugandan pianist and multi-instrumentalist Kaz Kasozi, demonstrates the pair’s exquisite talent for both song-writing and melody. Le Marchand is in her element, filling the album’s 10 songs with beautifully poetic lyrics, and when combined with Kasozi’s unpredictable compositions, the effect is highly emotive.” (NS Album review by Germaine Arnold)
Of his live performance, Kaz has been described as a musician who “enjoys stretching his vocals, accompanied by breathtaking acrobatic moves during his live performances.” Afrikan Soul Mag, USA.
He has stunned audiences from Uganda to Europe with his performances ranging from angelic to frenetic energy with dance moves to