Aaron Rimbui is a jazz keyboardist, composer and performing artiste. His music is best described as colourful rhythmic melodies with African infusions served on a funky contemporary jazz platter.

He has 2 albums to date: the first Keys of Life released December 2005 and his second, Alfajiri released June 2009.


Aaron has been one of the pivotal forces of the Jazz culture in Kenya playing a vital role in popularizing jazz music. He hosts a much loved and highly successful bi-monthly jazz concert in Nairobi city dubbed ALL THAT JAZZ.

We had a few questions for him and this is what he had to say.

1. What was your first phone?

It was a Nokia

2. What do you prefer? Facebook or Twitter? Why?

Both! Facebook has a bigger reach. Twitter because it’s easier to manage. I have to say that I’m on Twitter more often than Facebook. My twitter handle is @AaronRimbui. Check me out!
3.Where do you see yourself in 5 years.
Touring the world with my quartet.
4. Any question for us? We’ll publish our answer as well.
The career you’re in now, is it what you’ll be doing till your sunset years?
  • Most definitely yes
5. What would you do if you were president for a day?

Wow! One day is not enough!

6. What’s your favourite book & movie?

I don’t have any favorites. For books I do love biographies. Movies, epic thrillers.

7. Who/What inspired you to do what you do now?

I wanted to be a commercial pilot when I was younger but mathematics in third form killed that plan completely! Lol! Anyway, the story of my life inspires me but most of all God gives/gave me the inspiration to do what I do.

8. If you were to change jobs, what profession would you get into? Why?

I would/will NEVER changed my job! It’s what I was created to do. Music is not only my career but my passion! It’s very liberating and such an added bonus get paid out of a gift and passion.

9. If you had a superpower, what would it be?

10. If you were deserted on an abandoned island what 5 things would you want to have?
  • A Matchbox.
  • A knife.
  • My glasses,
  • A watch.
  • A light blanket.
11. If you were a car, what car would you like to be? Why?
LandRover Discovery 4. It’s classy but not showy. It can operate on any terrain.

12. If you could be in any other band in the world, which one would you like to be in? Why?

There are many bands out there. At the moment the American Idol band. Reason is you get to play so many genres of music. It is said 1,000 songs per season. I’d be a walking iPod! It would be great to tour with some my favorite jazz cats like Herbie Hancock and Marcus Miller
13. Share something interesting about yourself with our readers.
I read a lot: Magazines, to novels. I also can make a mean beef curry!