Santuri East Africa - Identity | Community | Innovation

Our Team

David Tinning

David co-founded Santuri with Gregg Tendwa in 2013, after a lengthy Skype call about sample culture, East African musical identity and the global electronic music scene. He’s worked for Native Instruments (twice), Tanzania Heritage Project, Sauti za Busara and the Mines Advisory Group in Kosovo and Cambodia. He’s also freelanced for Ableton, managed CDR Berlin, and is on the advisory board at Cashmere Radio, where he also hosts a show.

Sharon Onyango-Obbo

Sharon Onyango-Obbo is a Ugandan, Kenyan-based operations consultant, record producer and mix engineer. A trailblazer of audio production in Nairobi, Kenya, Sharon's sonic palette is an elegant blend of Safari Trap, Nairobi R&B and Afro Pop. Sharon's mission is to shape Africa’s socio-economic landscape using music production, technology and innovation as agents of development. As an economist and classically trained musician, she is in pursuit of a legacy built on sustainability and creative entrepreneurship across the continent.

Gregg Mwendwa

Gregory Mwendwa, commonly known as mwalimu Gregg Tendwa, is a specialist in communications for development and social innovation management. Over the last decade, he designed and delivered impactful strategic campaigns, social innovations and capacity building programs across a variety of social challenges. As co-founder and director of Santuri East Africa, he balances his expertise in strategic thinking with his deep networks and nose for development opportunities.

Justin Doucet

Justin (a.k.a "Huilly Huile") is a DJ/Producer and co-host of the Échantillons podcast on Montréal’s webradio, He is always breaking new sounds and his love for pan-african music is contagious. He moves to Afro-house, afro-pop, afro-trap, kuduro, traditional & tribal music.

Emma Nzioka

Emma (a.k.a "Coco EM") is a DJ/Producer, Filmmaker and Photojournalist based in Nairobi Kenya with a strong passion for music, activism and creating new experiences with good people all over the world. She has performed on numerous stages such as Boiler room Nairobi, Beat hotel Marrakech, Terra Negra Tunisia, Nyege Nyege fest Uganda among others. Her sound spans afro house, kuduro to lingala and hip-hop.

Felix Mwitah

Felix (a.k.a "Budalagi") is a Nairobi born and bred DJ/Producer and lawyer passionate about artists rights in the scene. He is as eclectic as they come having put out genre blending projects ranging from high octane singeli all through to groovy tech cuts. He's set his sights on shaping a distinct electronic sound for the Kenyan region.

James Ler

James Ler is a music producer based in Nairobi, passionate about music and technology and how the two intersect. Has been actively making music as part of the trio L3GS as well as putting out solo releases as Ng’at Maler. His musical influences and inspirations range from electronic music from artists such as Burial and Four Tet to local meledic sounds of Ayub Ogada.

Wairimu Sisian

Wairimu Sisian is a curiosity-driven artist and music business practitioner who’s currently nested on investigating digital music distribution access and opportunities for East African musicians. Sonically, Sisian juggles between solo soulful songwriting and performance, as well as experimental electronic music production as part of the eclectic duo “Air Conditioner”.

Alina Oswald

Alina is coordinating the Santuri Electronic Music Academy’s alums program as a volunteer. She first encountered Santuri in 2015 while studying for a semester at the University of Dar es Salaam as part of her Master’s program. Since then she’s supported a few Santuri projects in different fields, e.g. research consultancies, project design and implementation. Alina is also currently pursuing her Ph.D. on a history of automobility in Kenya.

Victor Kimina

Kimina is a Nairobi based producer and artist who has been honing his skills in music production and collaboration over the past several years as a regular member of the Ableton producer meetups. With an interest in music, education and technology his sound and direction is clear to see as a community driven individual.

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