Spotlight on Kenyan Music

Spotlight on Kenyan Music

The ‘Spotlight on Kenyan Music’ program was started in 2005 by the Alliance Francaise supported by Total Kenya, Embassy of France, Ministry of Sports, Culture, and the Arts and Katebul Music with the aim of nurturing and developing authentic Kenyan afro-fusion across the country. The Spotlight on Kenyan Music initiative identifies talented musicians at the grass-roots level whose music is rooted in local musical traditions. These artists are provided with tiered support to help develop their musical abilities including professional rehearsals, live performances and exposure, capacity building, opportunities for performances at national, regional and international levels.

Since 2005, the project has produced 6 Kenyan music compilations that include Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 released in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012 respectively as well the compilation ‘Weapon of Mass Reconciliation’ that features a selection of popular Spotlight artists and documents the 2008 Spotlight on Kenyan Music national that crisscrossed the country promoting unity in diversity following the post-election violence.

The project has seen around 1500 musicians participate in the auditions that have taken place across all the former eight Kenyan provinces (Central, Coast, Eastern, Nairobi, North Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western) since 2005 and over 100 musicians and groups featured in the annual Spotlight on Kenyan Music compilation series. Among the initial beneficiaries of the Spotlight on Kenyan Music project who have succeeded in their musical career and keep expanding their fan base include Sauti Sol, Makadem, Juma Tutu, Benta Agen’ga, Ronald Ontiri, Michel Ongaro, George Mutinda, Gargar, Chepchumba, Teto Tutuma

Every year, Total supports this great initiative by donating a significant amount of money ear marked for logistical and facilitation support so as to make this initiative a success.