SEMA – SANTURI ELECTRONIC MUSIC ACADEMY
Santuri Electronic Music Academy (SEMA) is a natural extension to Santuri’s influential and extensive track record of running music production workshops. Santuri is now impacting the creative sector through regular courses in music production. Working with our funding partners Goethe Institut and GIZ, SEMA started with mid-level courses in 2021, and since expanded to also cover additional advanced level courses which ran in early 2022. This was preceded by a Train the Trainer course in January where in collaboration with Catalyst Music School Berlin, Santuri educators were trained on project based learning which is now applied in all their programmes.
In just a span of 8 months Santuri has run all their maiden Intermediate, Advanced and Beginners courses educating over 80 students from the East African region and beyond, with a gender parity of 55% non-male and 45% male in the student body composition thus far.
Santuri has also developed a vibrant extra-curricular calendar where students get to be involved in activities ranging from community events with partners such as Mathare Social Justice Center (MSJC) to Film Screenings at Unseen Nairobi under SEMA Film Club with the aim of examining underground music cultures through film.
The courses are designed based on the findings of their extensive research in the region, as well as with support from their global music technology and music education players. What’s more, as with all Santuri projects, the courses integrate culturally relevant topics that continue the conversation between technology, musical traditions, and ethical approaches to artistic creation.
In an effort to support students after they graduate, Santuri has also developed an Alums programme aiming to cultivate a strong SEMA artist community with perks ranging from free access to the Santuri Studio Space, sharing of music career opportunities, guest list passes to Santuri events and access to the wide Santuri network both globally and regionally amongst many others.
Santuri’s educational philosophy and approach bolsters artists to learn and develop with as much creative freedom as possible. Students learn from regionally and globally recognized educators / artists and gain access to a wide array of cutting edge software and hardware courtesy of Santuri’s partners – Ableton, Native Instruments, ADAM Audio, Shure, Izotope and others.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and the Goethe-Institut promote the emerging market of cultural and creative industries in Africa and the Middle East.