Rabudi (KE) and Fourmi Rouz from Mauritius came by the studio today. Always good to connect with fellow music heads! On the hardware front, lots of friends came by this week: Ngalah of Boxhouse Studios borrowed an Ableton Push and some Shure mics, -he’s allegedly working with Grandmaster Masese on a release for Dagoretti Records. Looking forward to that one! DJ Mura and the Bengatronics crew came through and borrowed a Maschine MK3, they’ll be posting videos on Mura’s IG this weekend. DJ Coco Em picked up a Push too, she’s working on a track with MC Sharon and Wuod BaBa. Fire!
We highly recommend people read this monday's article in the Guardian from Teesa Bahana, the director of 32 Degrees East | Ugandan Arts Trust. We fully agree that art needs to be a national priority during and after the pandemic in Uganda, the same goes for Kenya too. It will be impossible to imagine new futures for East Africa without dedicated spaces for artists and creatives. It’s been inspiring to see this independent contemporary art non-profit raise $96,000 over the last few weeks in order to build the next phase of their arts center. Support their visionary work if you can!
“Our multi-purpose resource centre is based in the capital city Kampala and includes studios, accommodation for artists in residence, a contemporary art library, computers & editing suites, meeting areas and outdoor workshop space. Our programme offers artists in residence and members one on one drop in sessions for critique and professional development, workshops for practical skills and our regular discussion series, Artachat, for social engagement.”
32 Degrees East has officially wrapped up their funding campaign but you can still donate to the organization here.