Kenyan capital, Nairobi is seemingly destined to chart its path to reclaim and secure long-standing status as East Africa's showbiz capital.

Over the last couple years, the annual Safaricom Jazz Festival has brought together local and international artistes on same podium, curving its niche as regional and Kenya's largest jazz showcase.

Just about six months ago, US-based South African afro-jazz guitarist Jonathan Butler captivated revellers at the International 2015 Jazz Fest concert.

Butler's memorably upbeat and groovy tunes indeed set the tempo for this year's second edition Jazz Lounge series headliner act - Malian guitar virtuoso Salif Keita.

A seasoned, consummate and engaging performer, Keita is slated to take the stage on 29th August 2015, as the Bomas of Kenya hosts the Safaricom Jazz Festival live jazz series gigs.

The event is billed as a world-class musical performance and also promises a thrilling Saturday evening outing. Skillful keyboardist James Gogo represents Kenya as the curtain-raiser act - backed by Gogosimo band.

With Keita's rich cultural music heritage rooted in the West African legendary Malian griot tradition, his showbiz career took root in late 1960s after moving from birthplace in Djoliba to the capital Bamako.

The globally acclaimed singer-composer-guitarist is renowned for eclectic and versatile musical prowess. As he climbs on the podium, expectations will indisputably rise to fever pitch for an upbeat audience.

Keita has an advantage of making a comeback to Nairobi close on the heels of an appearance during the Coke Studio Africa concerts a year ago. He sung alongside Tanzanian songbird Lady Jaydee, thrilling cross-generational music aficionados.

There have been quiet murmurs and seeming disapproval having a largely afro-pop artiste as a jazz fest headliner act. But it is not lost on jazz enthusiasts the guitarist graces numerous festivals across the globe, besides countless songs filed under the afro-jazz genre.

The previous Safaricom Jazz Lounge series showcased Butler, Jimmy Dludlu [South Africa], Richard Bona [Cameroon] and Johannesburg-based guitarist Kunle Ayo [Nigeria].

From the local scene, saxophonist Juma Tutu, keyboardist Aaron Rimbui, guitarist Eddy Grey and leading jazz vocalist Kavutha Mwanzia-Asiyo have featured at the concerts.

It is just likely Keita's prowess and numerous decades-old consistent wealth of skillfulness on the live stage, could swing the tide his way and sway audiences to steal the showpiece.

The versatile guitarist graces live concert podiums across different parts of the world - picking up invaluable experience. He has raked in his wake, top charts song-rankings and Grammy nominations among other accolades.

Upon relocating to Paris during mid-1980s, Keita recorded debut classic Soro LP [1987]. His follow-up album simply titled Amen - drew on board guitarist maestro Carlos Santana among carefully selected Mali & France musicians, and catapulted him to stardom as the first African artiste to earn a Grammy nomination.

Salif Keita performing live