Marcus James Jozee, known as James Gogo is a multi talented musician and vocalist. James, of Congolese, French and Kenyan heritage, was raised in the coastal town of Mombasa, Kenya. His late father was a Jazz Saxophone player back in the days and it was he who introduced James to music at a tender age. Music became his passion, starting with saxophone, then drums, piano and finally he majored in classical piano. Apart form his father, his inspiration comes from Stevie Wonder, Oscar Patterson and Mzee Ngala. He has thrilled audiences with his distinctive, playful and magical vocals and sound on the keyboard.

In 2000, he was a pianist in a band named Safari Sounds, and in 2002 he started a duo singing group and his own seven piece band named Gogosimo.

James is the lead vocalist, composer, lyricist, producer and director of Gogosimo. James calls his original music Afro smooth sounds - easy listening and danceable,it is music that is a rich blend of coastal music, African beats and western instrumentation creating a unique East African sound.He also performs conversions of different genres of music from soul,jazz,rhumba,salsa, afro-beat,funk,pop and soft rock.

Major Achievements:

  • - Performance with Hugh Masekela in Uganda,2015
  • - Performance with Jonathan Butler,JimmyDluDlu,Isaiah Katumwa,2015,Safaricom Jazz Festival
  • - Performance with Richard Bona, 2014, Safaricom Jazz Festival
  • - Collaboration, recording and performances with Isaiah Katumwa, Uganda, 2012, 2013
  • - Erika Badou Tusker Light concert,Nairobi 2012
  • - Performance with Bono, Nairobi, 2012
  • - Recording with Papa Wemba, 2008

Performances:

  • - Red Cross International Charity Gala, Nairobi, 2013
  • - Hosting the Prince of England at the Great Rift Valley lodge, Naivasha, 2013
  • - Band for Churchill Live Season 2, and beginning Season 3, 2013
  • - AM Live, NTV Kenya, July, 2013
  • - Blankets and Wine 2012
  • - Uganda with Isaiah Katumwa, 2012/2013
  • - Festival Culturelles, Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, 2010
  • - As part of Kenya Tourism promotion: Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy 2002, 2003, 2004
  • - Wine Festival, Germany, 2002
  • - Cruise ship - Zanzibar, Seychelles, Mayotte, Madagascar, Reunion, South Africa

Recordings:

  • - Susan & James Gogosimo, 2004
  • - Heshimu, 2008, featuring Congo legend Papa Wemba
  • - Upawa, 2011, featuring Uganda's jazz Maestro Isaiah Katumwa
  • - Composed songs for Film The Ragged Priest, 2012
  • - Upawa, DVD live performances, 2012
  • - Live performance with Isaiah Katumwa, DVD, 2012, 2013
  • - Music Collaborations include work with Suzanna Owiyo, Ulopa, Collo, Chizi
  • - Finding the Keys, 2014
  • - Hope, 2014

James Gogo | Band Leader - Gogosimo


Projects:

  • - Music Director for Mabinti, 2011 - a concert in Nairobi for 10 female Kenyan artists, performing with Ameleena, Neema Ntalel, Susan Wanjiru, Phena, Dela, Sarakasi Dancers
  • - Music Director for Sax in the City, 2013, 2012
  • - Music Director Churchill Live Show Season 2, beginning Season 3, 2013
  • - Music director:Upawa

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