Profile: Sali Oyugi
Sali Oyugi is a singer/songwriter and social activist with a dual heritage from Kenya and Tanzania. She grew up in Nairobi, Kenya where her father is from and spent many days in her mother’s homeland of Tanzania. As a young girl, Sali cherished her dual cultural heritage and took the time to study the traditional rhythms, songs and dances from both the Luo people of Kenya and the Zigua people of Tanzania. The result has been the beautiful rhythms and sounds Sali brings forth in her guitar playing and vocals during her performances.
Sali started performing while still residing in Kenya where she mainly worked under the sponsorship of the French Cultural Center, which regularly hosted multi-cultural festivals that brought Artists from various parts of the world together. Sali played extensively at the local clubs and art-centers including Goethe Institute- Nairobi, Safari Park Hotel where she shared stages with renowned South African musician Hugh Masekela. This then led to a U.K. trip in 1997, where she performed at a Solar Energy Convention.
For several years Sali was based in Boston, Massachusetts (USA), where she performed with many local, well respected musicians and ensembles, including Wesley Wirth (bass), who has performed with the likes of King Sunny Ade and teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music, Mikhael Mirsha (bass)-vast experience in funk and world-beat bands. Sali Oyugi has indeed made her presence felt in the New England area where she has played at the Somerville Theatre, curtain raising for acclaimed world music performer/composer , Oliver “Tuku” Mutukudzi. She headlined the world music stage during the national arts convention First Night – Boston which attracts close to 1 million people on New Years Eve, The Cambridge River Festival, The Central Square World’s Fair Festival, and the Wake up the Earth Festival. She headlined at the Africa in April Festival in Memphis, Tennessee.
Sali has worked with master kora player and griot Balla Tounkara from Mali, who is featured in her album “Vuma!”. She makes a vocal appearance in Tounkara’s much acclaimed album titled Yayoroba. Her most recent album “The Return: Journey back to the Source” was successfully released on December 7th, 2007.
Sali Oyugi recently relocated to Nairobi Kenya where she is currently based. She is plugging herself back into the local music scene and has performed at The GoDown Gig, a monthly event at the GoDown Arts Center, Thursday Nite Live @ Choices, Phoenix Theatres and PAWA Festival amongst other venues.
She is currently working on her new album “Uromo” at Ketebul Music Studios and is set to be released early 2016.
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THE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR VISA FOR MUSIC 2017 IS NOW OPEN!
The call for applications for the 4th edition of Visa For Music is now open! This year, the professional music market for African and Middle-Eastern music will be held 22-25 November 2017 in Rabat, Morocco.
Artists and bands have the possibility to apply to have the chance of being selected and perform in front of thousands of music professionals who come to the Kingdom’s capital to discover the talents of our territories. Everyone can apply including those who applied for previous editions and were not selected. The call for applications for the showcase program is open until April 15, 2017.
After the call for application has closed, 30 artists or bands will be selected by a qualified jury of music industry professionals who represent different musical aesthetics and the concerned regions (West Africa, East Africa, Portuguese-speaking Africa, North Africa, Middle East). To ensure diversity in the selection of the artists programmed for Visa For Music, jurors come from diverse horizons.
Information available at www.visaformusic.com
Ketebul Music Founding Director Tabu Osusa Nominated as One Of The IMC Five Music Rights Champions
Ketebul Music Founding Director Tabu Osusa has been nominated as one of the IMC Five Music Rights Champions.
Mr Osusa was nominated alongside Dame Evelyn Glennie, a Scottish percussionist and the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist and Ramy Essam an Egyptian musician known for his appearances in Tahrir Square in Cairo during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.
The International Music Council (IMC) was founded under the UNESCO chatter in 1949 and is the world’s leading membership-based professional organization dedicated to the promotion of the value of music in the lives of all peoples.
The core values of the International Music Council are embodied in a set of Five Music Rights,
First Right – Musical Expression for all:
‘For all children and adults to express themselves musically in all freedom’
Second Right – Musical Education for all:
‘For all children and adults to learn musical languages and skills’
Third Right – Musical Involvement for all:
‘For all children and adults to have access to musical involvement through participation, listening, creation and information’
Fourth Right – Opportunities for Musical Artists:
‘For all musical artists to develop their artistry and communicate through all media, with proper facilities at their disposal’
Fifth Right – Recognition for Musical Artists:
‘For all musical artists to obtain just recognition and remuneration for their work’
15 years after the proclamation of these rights, the IMC gives new impetus to their promotion by appointing IMC Five Music Rights Champions, with the purpose of increasing the visibility of these core values and putting them ‘on the radar’ of musicians and music-lovers around the world.
Tabu Osusa is a key player in the East African music industry. He is the Founding Executive Director of Ketebul Music and for the last 30 years has been involved in the music industry as a promoter, producer, composer and band manager.
In his words: “I feel that the fourth right is the most fundamental because it touches on the basic need to promote the diverse musical traditions of the world and at the same time giving all the artists an equal opportunity to be heard and promoted within a global platform.”
Safari Ya Eriko Mukoyama! Anyango Tours Nairobi
Japanese nyatiti diva, Anyango arrived in Kenya on the 19th of August 2016 on a mission to promote her new album, Anyango: The Safari of Eriko Mukoyama. The visit entailed a number of shows in Nairobi aimed at promoting her brand new album.
Rehearsals Day 1… A group of multi-talented musicians converged at Ketebul Music Studios to join Anyango in the first step of the journey.
With Kasiva Mutua on percussions, Ricky Nanjero on bass guitar, Michael Okinyo on the keyboard, Gervais Katumba on drums, Boaz Jagingo playing the orutu; a single-stringed traditional instrument and background vocalist Lydia Ogoti on board… Anyango’s new band was complete!
On the 25th of August Anyango had her first show at Thursday Nite Live @ Choices where she wowed the crowd with her brilliant live act.
The four-hour live performance, filled with beautiful nyatiti sounds and the angelic harmonies of Anyango and her band doubled up as the official launch of Anyango’s album, Anyango: The Safari of Eriko Mukoyama.
The album consists of 15 songs in total including a collaboration with Kenge Kenge Orutu System, a traditional band from Kenya.
The song entitled ‘Anyango Nyar Japan Meets Kenge Kenge’ is a song Anyango wrote right after the Fukushima earthquake tragedy in Japan. It is meant to encourage the human spirit of resilience. Kenge Kenge infuse a strong traditional musical element to this song, expressing the same sentiment in Dholuo; a local language from Nyanza, Kenya.
On the 26th of August Anyango performed at the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Reception at The Hilton Hotel in Nairobi.
The Prize is awarded to individuals with outstanding achievements in combating various infectious diseases in Africa or in establishing innovative medical service systems. It is awarded after every five years.
27th of August 2016, Anyango performed at a symposium held for the First Ladies of Africa at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi during the Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD IV)
The event was hosted by H.E. Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of the Republic of Kenya and H.E Akie Abe, First Lady of Japan.
On 2nd September 2016 Anyango appeared on The Trend Live with Larry Madowo, a live entertainment television show aired every Friday on NTV Kenya. She was interviewed and did a short performance with an all-girl 3-piece band consisting of Kasiva Mutua, Lydia Ogoti and herself.
During the interview Anyango did an impromptu collaboration with Jua Cali, a renowned Kenyan hip-hop artist. Jua Cali rapped impressively over Anyango’s nyatiti sound.
To wrap it all up Anyango,s final show was at The Alchemist, Muthurukishion 3: Strings of The East. This went down on the 3rd of September 2016.
This 3rd edition of Muthurikishion featured Anyango who plays the nyatiti as well as DBass Ganun from Tanzania who plays the ganun, both string instruments from East Africa and the Middle East respectively, hence the name ‘Strings of The East’.
And if the music is good… You dance!!!