The Business Of Music Features At The Jamhuri Festival

The year is almost over but the business of music is nowhere near done. The second phase of the Jamhuri Festival is taking place in Nairobi kicking off today and ending this coming Friday. The action takes place at the Pine Breeze in in K-South, Eastlands – one of the birthplaces of the urban sound in Nairobi. And music is what will be in focus with performances, workshops on PR, an instrumentalist clinic as well as a songwriting course.

The entire event will culminate on the 16th of this month in a celebraton of music that will feature performances by artists such as Sauti Sol, Dempsey, Le Band, Mr. Lenny, Wyre, Shappa Man, Hope Kid, DJ Kafi, Fya Mummah, The Kansoul, Fadhilee, Jimwat, Red Acapella, Amos & Josh, Phy, Ndegz, Serro and Gravitti, among others artists.

It costs absolutely nothing to take part, with the founder and lead organizer Tom Olang’o sharing that ther vision of the festival is inspired by the power of music to unite: “It’s the tool we use to preach peace, love and unity to bring about a sense of community in Kenya while empowering a generation as the nation grows,” adding, “Music has shown me that love is a part of our DNA as humans and in truth there is no better way to preach about love than through music.”

Here are some of the various ways you can participate if you choose to attend:


Songwriting and PR workshop facilitated by Anyiko Owoko and musicians: Sage, Fena, Chris Adwar and Barbara.


Music Business Forum facilitated by Basthma.TLC, Fariji, Wangechi, Bensoul and Gitwamba.


Instrumentalist Clinic facilitated by Olive Karmen and Brian Omondi on Drums. Yvan Kwizera on Bass Guitar. Ephy Mwas on Keyboards and Tom Olang’o on Guitars.



The focus is on how to help grow the music industry – and the festival will in particular be paying attention to musicians new in the game, who are looking to interact with figures that are more established – who have paid their dues. The workshops will be focusing on core messaging – from how to market yourself as an artist to how to fully develop your songwriting and creative credentials.

The Jamhuri Festival is a quarterly festival that is looking to help celebrate and share African talent across the continent.

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