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Mambo extended Santuri family,

We hope you’re all doing well. We’re feeling optimistic in the studio this week as the curfew  in Kenya is extended to 10pm and inter-county travel is allowed again. It’s not over yet though… Stay safe and remember to socially distance if you can! 

THIS WEEK

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

KRAAL TINGS:

Oblach and Obwaka are hosting a little jam today for the extended family. Come thru!

NEXT WEEK

Starting next week, our homie Labdi will share some fresh remixes as well as her musical journey with Orutu. The first remix airs next Tuesday - so follow her on twitter and IG

Santuri will also start shooting a new series of video content as of monday - follow our IG and Youtube pages to find out what it is ;)  

ALSO

Also on our radar this week, Fully Funded Residencies. This is another great resource for artists looking for funding opportunities and support: fully funded residencies, awards, grants and mobility funds. Their mission is to work towards making the contemporary art fields more democratic, transparent and equal. Check it out!

For those of you looking for grants, we recommend you watch the Africa No Filter “Grant Writing Masterclass” as well. “Funding goes a long way in turning ideas into creative projects, yet accessing it is one of the biggest challenges faced by storytellers. In the Grant Writing for Creatives masterclass, funders share insider tips and tools to help you look for funding and a write pitch-perfect proposal”. Watch the Masterclass here

 

Also! Kenyan Popstar Karun is looking to link up with Gengetone gyals. If you know a fly producer, you should definitely @her . 

New in the studio, we have an awesome copy of Ten Cities that you can read through. “Ten Cities tells the story of club music and club cultures in ten urban centers across Africa and Europe from 1960 to March 2020.” Big thanks to Goethe Institut for sending through the hard copy of the legendary project.

 

LISTEN UP!

DJ and Producer Fourmi Rouz from Mauritius came by the studio to record an awesome leftfield downtempo DJ set for Bush of Ghosts on Cashmere Radio. ~ On the Afrotech vibes~ Nairobi’s own Kamushez has released INCOGNITO on Beige records.

Kampire had her show on NTS last night, don’t sleep on it!!!

 

Haya, that’s it for now, have a good weekend everyone.

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