Asaph Uzele started playing the guitar and immediately knew that it would always be his work. “It has been a channel to meet other artists similar to me,” he says, adding, “Bass is unique. It stands out by itself. From uniqueness standpoint, the groove is always provided by the bass.”
Asaph has worked with Kenyan acts like Juacali, Nonini, Sauti Sol and Eric Wainaina and international acts like Bobby Ricketts.
The guitarist has also been part of Tusker Project Fame show and also recorded for the likes of Kambua and Jemimah Thiong’o. His influences include Oliver Mtukudzi, Salif Keita and international artists like U2 and Usher.
Asaph would love to collaborate with jazz artists like Kato Change and any other great musician with a strong musical background.
He says he loves Coke Studio Africa because through the show, he gets to meet all big artists from allover Africa, and in turn interact and learn from them.
Asaph will be back to touring next year with several artists.
Asaph Uzele’s first show was in 1992 while in standard 8. He started playing the rhythm guitar first “to open my fingers” – he says. Two years later, he shifted to playing bass.
He was later called to perform in front of a live audience at national theatre. Around a decade ago, h started performing with Villagers Band and then other artists like Aaron Rimbui came up to him. The rest is history.
During the time when he was learning the trade, he traveled extensively in Africa and Europe.
“People say that bass guitarists are chic magnets, it tends to happen to me,” he says.
If he wasn’t a guitarist he says he’d be drawing or making fragrances, thanks to his connoisseur nose.