10th Kenya Music Week Celebrates Kenya@50

BY ELI CHEP & EVE CHEGE

Kenya Music Week, an annual platform for the Kenya music sector to trade, learn and perform, took place at the Sarit Centre Expo Hall in Westlands last weekend, on the theme, “Celebrating 50 years of Kenyan music”.

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The event marked its 10th edition in 2013 and is usually marked in December, has “been officially recognized as one of the events to celebrate Kenya’s 50 Years of Independence,” said Mike Strano of Phat Africa and Kenya Music Week.

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Upcoming artistes had an exclusive chance to record their music demos courtesy of the Kenya Association of Music Producers (Kamp) at the on-site live recording studio, during this year’s annual event. It also featured music from veterans like MDQ, Nameless and Madtraxx.

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Among other activities that were lined up during the event that has been held in Nairobi annually since 2004, included:

* a decade-by-decade build-up for five weeks on KISS 100’s ‘Keepin it Kenyan’, every Sunday from November 17 to December 15, 2013.
* decade-by-decade educational workshops (i.e. learning from our past to plan our future) on the evolution of Kenya’s music industry; facilitated by David Muriithi of Creative Enterprise Centre and Tabu Osusa of Ketebul Music

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* an Exhibition of 50 photographs of the Kenya Music industry; intended to tour for the next 12 months at various Exhibition Venues

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* a live recording studio operated by Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP) and through which KAMP members were on-hand to record demos for up-and-coming talent of their songs dedicated to Kenya.

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Bruce Odhiambo, Deputy Executive Director of Kenya@50 said “Kenya Music Week has for 10 Years consistently lived up to its mission of helping to develop a Kenya music industry that is professional, transparent and profitable for all via the focused co-operation of all stakeholders–musicians, producers, promoters, distributors, consumers, government and NGOs. We are Proud to have been associated with such an initiative whose own 10th anniversary coincided with the 50th Anniversary of Kenya’s independence.”

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