CDR INTERVIEW: SANTURI SAFARI
A myriad of factors contribute to East Africa’s struggle with self-definition in the contemporary music world. There are vast differences across the large geographical landscape, which is comprised of many different and complex identities, cultures and styles. To add to this, outside influences such as US styled pop music dominate the airwaves more and more, which has led to East African music being re-contextualised to fit into this contemporary music ‘mould’. Responding to this are the East African collective Santuri Safari – a group of DJs, producers, audio engineers, singers and performers who’ve been running workshops and pop-up studios in a bid to help create and further “underground” music that is truly representative of East Africa. Heading up the project is David Tinning, a DJ of 15 years who’s new mission is to share the beautiful music of the East African region to the world. We caught up with him to discuss the move from Berlin to Tanzania, the underrepresentation of East African music, music identities, and the future of Santuri Safari.