The U.S. Embassy in conjunction with a Local Record House,Adomo Records organized a 4 day Worldwide Cultural and Music Exchange Workshop at The White Rhino Hotel in Nyeri from 8th to 11th May 2015.The Workshop Facilitation was conducted by DJ Juan G
from the U.S, Ghanaian Rapper and song writer Delasi
a Music Producer from Nairobi and Michael Owora
a PR genius from Corporate Reflections.
It started with a brief introduction by their Team Leader Ken Wakia
to the participants and a brief about the details of the workshop which was designed to mentor and teach young up and coming performance artists about the Entertainment industry as a whole.
The workshop involved training Rappers,Singers,Dancers, DJs and other types of performance artists on how to improve the quality of their work.DJ Juan G explained the sixes and sevens about his ones and twos to the DJs present.
We went through pre and post production with Mwah,Tommy and Delasi. Delasi talked about some of the questions an artist ought to ask themselves to be able to better define their craft. What kind of performance artist are you? Who do you do it for? Why do you engage in music as a form of expression and what do you hope to achieve?
The moment you are able to answer these questions correctly you will be able to have a clear guideline to help you accomplish your goals in performance arts. We went through some vocal exercises on how to prepare for a studio session.Being a top performer requires that you be in top shape too so some regular jogging and working out would do your music some good.
Being fit also helps make your stage performance lively.Delasi also talked about making your music available by putting it on the Internet on blogs and streaming services like iTunes and YouTube which you can monetize.
SONG WRITING AND PRODUCTION CLASS
By the end of it ,I had finally learned what the popular hiphop phrase “16 bars” means.
Throughout the workshop, we had sessions with Michael Owora who touched on how to brand yourself as an artist,how to make a strategic business plan and how to implement it. He gave a rather out of the box assignment that we should all write our own eulogy. Of course everyone would write about how well they lived so he challenged us to live like that.
MICHAEL OWORA DURING HIS SESSION
On Friday, DJ Juan ,DJ Mwah,MC Shie and the workshop team went on air at a local radio station ,Rware Fm to speak about the workshop and also invite guys to the Saturday show.
After the Radio interview we hosted them at Dedan Kimathi’s DeHub to talk to the students there about performance arts and how to make money off it.
WORKSHOP TEAM AT DEHUB IN DEDAN KIMATHI UNIVERSITY
The final part of the workshop would be a show to showcase the amazing talent Nyeri has and a chance for the participants to utilize some of the knowledge they had acquired from the workshop as well as increase their fan base.
We spent the better part of Saturday rehearsing for the event and in the afternoon the participants received certificates from the U.S. Embassy..
PARTICIPANTS RECEIVING THEIR CERTIFICATES
After which we planted trees with Ken,Juan,and Michael to mark the beginning of a working relationship ,a symbol of longevity and sustainability of the project as well as playing our part in conserving the environment as we approach World Environment Day on 5th June
TREE PLANTING BEFORE THE SHOW
Ken was grateful that although he couldn’t be with us during the workshop,he was able to follow the progress on Twitter using #MusicMyHustle where we posted real time updates. During the first day we were able to reach over 65k people on Twitter. Surprisingly the Workshop team first met on social media.
The show was held at White Rhino from 10:00pm.Mc Shie and DJ Mwah kept the show alive and so did every artist who went on the stage.The dancers danced the night away and we also had a DJ Set where the DJs had a go at the decks and then a final performance of the Nyeri AllStar anthem we had been working on during the workshop.
MC SHIE AND DJ MWAH DURING THE SHOW
DJ LEQS ON THE SET
LUCY & DAN DURING THEIR PERFORMANCE
DJ MELLOW ON THE SET
GHANAIAN ARTIST DELASI DURING HIS PERFORMANCE
NYERI ALLSTARS ANTHEM PERFORMANCE
HIGH OCTANE AUDIENCE AT THE SHOW
Photos| DJ Juan G,Sam Kairu & Jeff Ng’ang’a