- We want to shine a light on the artists that are thinking about tradition, their roots, and how they use it in a contemporary way.
- We have been very intentional about making sure that we also train female DJs and female music producers
If you are a musician interested in modernizing your music, you have a chance to do so.
Just show up at The Mall in Westlands where the first-ever East Africa music technology conference dubbed “Kilele” is taking place.
The event, organized by Santuri East Africa will give you a chance to meet music promoters who might help you modernize their music and promote it in Europe and the rest of the world.
The promoters are also looking to sign up for recording deals with various artists.
The symposium began on Monday and will end this Sunday.
Santuri’s Co-Founder & Co-Director David Tinning said Kilele is a new symposium being done in East African capitals this week.
It is, according to him, providing cutting-edge technology and innovation that can improve the quality of the music being produced.
“We want to shine a light on the artists that are thinking about tradition, their roots, and how they use it in a contemporary way,” said Tinning.
The “Études for Live-electronics” team from the Department of Music Acoustics in Vienna Austria and Santuri East Africa are behind the symposium.
Santuri is an award-winning community-focused music innovation hub based in Nairobi to bring about more equitable, authentic, and diverse music ventures.
Tinning said they felt that many people were influenced by music from Nigeria and are now looking to develop other African artists.
The entrance fee for a whole week for East African residents is Sh500 and Sh8,500 for International residents.
Tinning said that Kilele would connect artists, DJs, curators, collectives, and venues with key players in the global music space to celebrate the journey so far and define the path forward.
“We do this through various courses that we run. So, we offer music production courses and also train DJs. And over the past three years, we have been very intentional about making sure that we also train female DJs and female music producers," said Tinning.
"Because we feel like they are underrepresented in the music scene and have a lot to offer and we feel they often don’t have the space to express that.”