On Friday 26 February, Kenyan music lovers will experience a new concert organised by the Goethe-Institut in Nairobi in collaboration with Music In Africa.
DJ and producer Saint Evo will be joined by singer Inami, guitarist Tetu Shani, saxophonist Frazier Mo-ray, percussionist HK Gachago and DJ Marcus Ezra to offer music fans an experience like no other.
The main act of the evening will be Saint Evo, progenitor of a new sound he calls equatorial house. “As a DJ and music devotee, I always want to give fans an experience like no other, an experience that gives them the best of both worlds: the authentic aspect of live performance and the digital realm of DJing,” he said of the upcoming concert.
Tetu, a self-taught percussionist and guitarist, will thrill fans with his remarkable skills. He is an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music in the USA, where he studied Performance. His unique musical influences have largely come about as a result of living outside of Kenya. Tetu's debut album Mood Music was released in 2015 after he met Jonathan Butler at the Safaricom Jazz Festival in Nairobi.
Frazier Mo-ray is a Kenyan-based musician whose main tool is the alto saxophone. He is also a member of The Celsius Collective. At the upcoming concert he is set to impress with his unique improvisation skills.
Kenyan songstress Inami, meanwhile, is a rising star in Nairobi’s blossoming house scene, which she entered in 2013 with her ‘Supasta‘ collaboration with kamba artist Boneless and producer Saint Evo. The following year, Imani released her four-track EP Little Lost, which skillfully alternates between dancefloor urges and soulful narration.
The collaboration between Music In Africa and with the Goethe-Institut in Nairobi aims to provide up-and-coming local talents with a platform to showcase their skills. Later this year the two entities will organize panel discussions that will enable music stakeholders to discuss pertinent issues affecting the Kenyan music industry, as well as concerts that will promote new talents on the Kenyan music scene. The February concert marks the beginning of this collaboration.
The concert is free to members of the public and kicks off at 8pm on Friday at the Goethe-Institut Nairobi, located on Monrovia Street in the Central Business District.