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Adorable couple, Maya and Matan, rock Jazz Festival

By HILARY KIMUYU February 28th, 2016 1 min read

They came to the local scene unnoticed, but by the time they left the sold out Safaricom International Jazz Festival on Sunday February 21, 2016 everyone wanted a picture or an autograph from them.

Couple, Maya Beltsitzman and Matan Ephrat, without doubt stood out at the event, even though when they took to the stage as the second act, no one expected them to move the crowd the way they did.

Speaking to Nairobi News after their act, the couple that has been married for one and a half years, said their music consists of different genres which is what makes it appealing to their fans.

“I started playing Cello at the age of seven and I have since been doing it for the last 22 years, which has gotten everyone listening to me,” said Maya.

Alongside her husband, Matan, who plays the drums, the pair started playing music together six years ago and are best known for their sensational skilled creations.


Maya, who hails from Israel, has also offered to teach Dandora youth’s musical skills through Skype after meeting them during her tour of Kenya.

The initiative, dubbed Ghetto Classics, has seen teenagers abandon the life of rummaging through the Dandora dumpsite for plastic wastes to take up donated instruments and produce classical music.

Maya concluded by saying she was happy that her songs resonated well with the audience and that she will definitely be back in Kenya for more shows.

After their performance, the duo and other members of the performing bands could be seen interacting with the thrilled crowds taking pictures, answering questions and just having fun.

Unlike many other events where there are VIP sections, at the Safaricom Jazz Festival, everyone was accorded a befitting VIP treatment.