How Travelling to Kenya Inspired UK Based Creators To Come Up With Ubunifu Space

A UK-based digital platform, Ubunifu Space, which showcases & shares different African sounds from within the continent & in the diaspora shared how it came to be.

In an interview with BBC Radio 1 Xtra, one of the platform’s co-founder, Bryan Obonyo revealed how a trip to Kenya in 2016 with two of his co-founders led to the birth of Ubunifu space.

“The story of Ubunifu space started in 2017,” He said.

“The idea came about a trip … when I took Ian and David to Kenya and discovered new sounds coming out of the continent, which we here in UK didn’t come across much.” He said, adding …

“And so coming back, I felt there was a need that a platform should be created … to showcase sounds coming out of the continent.”

Ubunifu space comprising five members who react and platform African content has reacted to popular Kenyan music including Sauti Sol’s Khaligraph’s, Willy Paul’s and more. 

Ubunifu Space Recognized by BBC 1 Xtra future figures 2023

The group consists of Brian Obonyo, Ian Opolot, Shay Sade, Monique Touko and Davey Soul have been recognized by BBC 1 xtra future figures 2023.

The recognition celebrates the achievements of famous Black Britons across music, literature, film, TV, fashion, sport, and more for their central role in shaping and cementing Black British history!

“Today’s Future Figure spotlight is Ubunifu Space, a digital collective and platform who are the definitive guide to music and culture from the youth of Africa and the Diaspora.” Shared 1 xtra, adding …

“With over 325,000 subscribers and 50+ million views for their reactions to music videos celebrating dynamic voices across the globe to hosting a regular show on No Signal radio and opening the production arm ‘Ubunifu Productions’ they have become a cultural powerhouse for Creatives alike.”