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Penya Africa’s End of Term Concert – The Genesis, Aug. 1 2014 @ Michael Joseph Centre – Safaricom HQ

the Genesis
Penya Africa is the home of Sauti Academy, designed to nurture and grow musically talented vocalists through a one year training program where they learn about vocal techniques, songwriting and music business.

The end term concert will feature the 1st term class showcasing a cover and a battle song in duets. It will also feature the 2nd term class who have just undergone an intensive songwriting term. Each singer will showcase 2 of his/her own compositions.

This show is a must attend for all music lovers and those adventurous enough to come discover what this new and fresh talent has to offer.

Date: 1st August 2014
Venue: Michael Joseph Centre, Safaricom HQ
Tickets: KES 400 advance, KES 500 at the gate
Doors open at 6:30 pm

July 29, 2014 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment

Penya Africa’s Expose – Naked Music, Apr. 5 2014 @ Goethe Institut

expose poster
April the 5th presents another opportunity for Penya Africa to expose a new group of graduating students from its artist development program, Sauti Academy.

This event themed Expose´ (hashtag #NakedMusic) will bring out all the juicy musical secrets these musicians have been hiding in their magic bags for the past one year as they learnt the ins and outs of voice, music writing, performance and business at Sauti Academy.

With 8 versatile performers ready to entice your taste buds with their own compositions played by their own bands, you are advised to come ready to boogie.

Date: April 5, 2014
Venue: Goethe Institut
Gates open: 1830 hours GMT+3
Entry: Kshs 400 (advance)
Kshs 500 (at the gate)

March 31, 2014 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

The Upstairs, Mar. 19 2014 @ on the 4th Floor of Chester house – Koinange Street

the Up Stairs
The Upstairs is back!

Experimenting across genres and showcasing talented musicians the Upstairs is a monthly mid-week celebration of Nairobi’s best UP and coming live acts.

Date: March 19, 2014
Venue: on the 4th Floor of Chester house, Koinange Street
Time: from 7pm
Tickets: Kshs 500, available at the door

Singer-songwriter and Pianist Verso is the New Kid on the Block. She has been described as Kenya’s very own Macy Gray.

KIU, is Swahili for thirst and subtly symbolizes the passion Pauline, Rosa and Tracy have and share for music. Influenced by the great female artists like Miriam Makeba, Asa, Tshala Mwana, and Mbilia Bel Kiu blend their silky harmonies with an edgy fusion of Afro-Pop and R&B. If their first single “the city” is anything to go by KIU is set for the stars!

Fena Music “Urban Soul” sound fuses a variety of musical genres, from neo-soul to afro-soul, reggae, hip-hop and afro-house. With the singles “Africa Massive”, “Dutch” and “Brikicho”, under her belt, Fena is a great live act whose star is shining bright.

March 12, 2014 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

Pwani Grooves: Kombo & Afro Simba Band and Alai K, Dec. 14 2012 @ Goethe

pwani grooves
Date: Friday, December 14 2012
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Time: 8 pm
Tickets: Kshs 250

The holiday season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to relax and chill out at the coast. In order to put you in the right moodAlai K and Kombo invite you for the Pwani Grooves night!

Pwani Grooves combines the styles of two musicians from the coastal side of Kenya, showcasing the Mijikenda and Swahili styles of music. Alai K and Kombo with his Afrosimba Band will fuse rhythms like Kirumbizi, Mwanzele, Sengenya and Chakacha with modern instruments to bring the melodies of the coast right to the center of the busy and energetic city of Nairobi.

Alai K was raised in a Swahili cultural environment which influenced his current way of singing and musical direction. His songs feature Swahili poetry and storytelling; Ndege Ruka, one of his songs, was recently featured as end title in the movie “Nairobi Half Life”. Kombowas exposed to live music from an early age. Over the years, he learnt to play several instruments, like percussion and guitar, was part of several bands and performed at various festivals in Africa and Europe. Kombo’s first album “Ndivyo Ilivyo” was completed in 2009 and he is right now working on his sophomore album.

December 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm Leave a comment

Concert: Identity, Dec. 7 2012 @ Sheebeen – Upper Hill

Penya Africa presents: Identity concert

Date: Friday, December 7 2012
Venue: Sheebeen Restaurant Upper Hill
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: Advance Kshs 300 & Gate Kshs 400

This concert will mark the graduation of a new set of Sauti Academy singers who will be stepping into the real professional world of music launching their careers. Six young ladies dipped into eccentricity and elegance with spanking new sounds will be unveiled in a presentation of a unique blend of different music genres fused in their unique personalities.
Their rich compositions will be a sneak peek of the “Identity” of the music of tomorrow.

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December 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm Leave a comment

Sauti Academy’s End Term Concert: Encore! Dec. 8 2012 @ Goethe

Encore poster
Penya Africa presents: Encore! Sauti Academy’s end term concert
Another concert – Another song – Another story to be told…

Date: Saturday, December 8 2012
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: Advance Kshs 200 & Gate Kshs 300

A combination of talent, prowess and life-teachings brings together the Sauti Academy 1st and 2nd term students to present themselves and their talents on stage. This is what they were born to do. With the promise that this is not just a concert, everybody is invited to be part of a musical journey.
Ladies and gentlemen: Encore! Join and participate in this journey, you may never know where it will take you. The night’s performers want to leave the audience unanimously asking for an Encore!

Sauti Academy, Penya Africa’s artist development program is known for encouraging artists to be authentic – a freedom that allows the students to bloom in their respective distinct styles and perspectives as well as a dedication to their art. Every single artist is encouraged, motivated, educated and challenged and given additionally tools to make these dreams turn into reality.

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December 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

New Single Alert! African Hustle by Mzungu Kichaa ft Dela from their EP – Hustle to be released in Dec. 1 2012

Mzungu Kichaa releases new single African Hustle featuring Kenyan songstress Dela.
The song is the first single from his EP titled Hustle to be released on the 1st of December 2012. This release marks the start of a long‐term partnership between Tanzanian Caravan Records & Penya Africa.

African Hustle is a positive message about working hard with what you have. This is Mzungu Kichaa’s first release since the release of his début album in 2009, which won him an award at the African Achievement Awards. Since the release of his first album Tuko Pamoja, Mzungu Kichaa has been performing extensively in East Africa and met Dela during a visit to Nairobi. He later invited Dela to Dar es Salaam to perform at the Beat Festival, during which they recorded African Hustle at his studio Caravan Records. The collaboration marks an important step to build relationships between artists across the borders and to create a stronger East African music industry. Dela and Mzungu Kichaa are shooting a video for the song in Nairobi, to be released soon.

Mzungu Kichaa has often described Dela as one of his favorite East African artists, so it is not surprising that he took the necessary steps to realize this collaboration. Dela is signed to Penya Africa where she has released her debut album, “Paukwa” and worked with various artists including Sauti Sol on hits like Mama Papa.

African Hustle will be available on iTunes and other online platforms. Listen here

November 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm 1 comment

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