Santuri East Africa and Ajabu Ajabu: Uvumbuzi Music Residency (Tanzania / Kenya)

Open call - Uvumbuzi music residency.

Santuri East Africa and Ajabu Ajabu supported by a grant from Ignite Culture: ACP-EU Culture Programme (Eastern Africa) are excited to announce an opportunity for East African musicians to participate in a unique music residency program called Uvumbuzi, bridging the creative landscapes of Dar es Salaam and Nairobi. Artists are invited to submit projects under three themes: Pushing Sonic Boundaries; Sound Modulation for Social Transformation; and Preserving East African Heritage.

This reciprocal music residency programme is designed to empower East African music producers and performers to put forth singles, EPs or short live performances, while fostering cross-cultural collaboration and embracing cutting-edge technologies. If you’ve been working on demos and sketches, you may want to take the next steps – receiving some constructive feedback, and preparing your project for professional mixing and mastering services. If you’re ready to push your project over the finish line, this opportunity is perfect for you!

For an intensive two week period in November, Kenyan artists will be hosted by Ajabu Ajabu in Dar Es Salaam (30t October – 12 November 2023), and Tanzanian artists will be hosted by Santuri in Nairobi (13-27 November 2023). The residency lets you manage your own time, but also includes one-on-one mentoring sessions, workshops on performance, mixing and mastering. Transport and accommodation will be provided, as well as a daily stipend of 1500 Ksh / 26114 TSH.

If your project is selected, you will:

  • Be supported to develop a comprehensive work plan and schedule for the proposed project.
  • Have access to studio equipment (including Native Instruments, Elektron, Albeton Adam Audio, Behringer & more).
  • Engage in regular check-ins with Santuri East Africa and Ajabu Ajabu to update on your project’s progress.
  • Have access to showcase and public opportunities to present your work after completing the residency.

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