Here’s a video recap highlighting the first week of SEMA classes! It was really exciting for Santuri to be able to greet students at orientation and see them attend their first lessons with head tutor Mike Muema. They were introduced to new DAWs, and some fundamentals of music production, and they got to use some of Santuri’s NI & Ableton gear.
After classes on wednesday, we screened some short music documentaries and had in depth conversations post-screenings. Students discussed the legacy of Benga, Kenyan culture more broadly, gender visibility and artistic confidence. Take a look at some of these docs and interviews, they’re worth it!
Retracing the Benga Rhythm
A Ketebul production.
FELA KUTI- Interview 1988 (Reelin’ In The Years Archive)
A Documentary About South Africa’s Gqom Scene.
This short explores the thriving Tanzanian scene of high energy dance music with a new mini documentary, featuring interviews with the founders of Pamoja Records and Sisso Records, alongside artists and managers from the scene.