The Bamenda Jazz Festival (BaJa ) is a dream give form by two of Bamenda’s sons, Achu Normad and Pijenda, who are both Afro Jazz and world Music Guitarists, Singers and Song writers.
Immediately, it occurred to him that these legends who put Cameroon on the jazz music map of the world did such a great job that must be continued. Although, it was a very challenging task to meet people’s expectations and fill in the big boots of these Afro Jazz legends, Achu will go on to create a band of very talented Jazz Musicians and thought them his own approach to Jazz. He achieved this by blending Bamenda’s grassland styles of Njang, Mbaghalum (6/8 rhythmic time) and Makossa with Cuban Jazz and Soulful singing. He will go on to play this unique genre of Jazz (Afro-cuban Jazz) with his band in bars, restaurants, wineries and local festivals here in Kentucky. In December 2016, He recorded his debut album “Alieh” and his resulting blend is finally served to the world.
Achu then reached out to his old friend Pijenda and they developed the project BaJa Festival, which will be a celebration of the blend between African music from the Grass fields of Bamenda and Jazz fusion. BaJa Festival is expected to pave the way for the next generation of afro jazz legends from Cameroon, particularly Bamenda and will be an annual jazz festival, first of its kind full of potential and promise. Come Dance and enjoy the season. This event is scheduled to take place on the 8th of January, 2016.