What are we doing that is so different?
Santuri East Africa is a non-profit organisation working all over the region to develop young, exciting artists and promote innovation in music and events. Tapping into a new mood across the region for exciting, cutting edge arts and culture, Santuri bridges the gap between East Africa and the world.
In the run up to the festival, Santuri will be hosting a series of workshops designed to push the boundaries of creativity in the Kenyan music scene. Guest producers and artists from the UK, Germany and SA – all hugely respected in their own fields – will work with local artists, young producers and DJs to build innovative new ways to create and perform music – from sampling traditional instruments and building software versions, to integrating technology into acoustic live performances – ands vice versa.
Santuri is committed to empowering artists with new skills that give voice to their backgrounds and cultures, while putting them on a level playing field with the global cutting edge. The workshops will feature artists and producers such as Mr Raoul K, Mim Suleiman, Nonku Phriri, Blinky Bill, Akula Akwabi, Behr, and Esa Williams, and is supported by Ableton.
From the 10th of September, Santuri’s artists and network of DJs and producers will switch to festival mode – with over 15 acts under the Santuri banner performing at various venues around the city. This will be an opportunity both to present material created in the workshops and existing material – ranging from traditional Gogo sounds from Tanzania, benga, hiphop, house, electro and experimental electronics – all sharing a specific Santuri trait – an authentic African focussed progressiveness.
Workshops in more detail: