DJ IV performs at the launch of Janice Iche's albumDJ IV performs at Iche’s album launch, Noc 2022

The Santuri Salon is our new space in the Basement of The Mall, Westlands. 

It’s a multi-functional space for workshops, performances, listening sessions, panels, and more.

It’s also a place for DJs and producers to access the hardware and software Santuri shares with the community. What’s more, we started a small library focusing on music culture books and publications.  

The space is available for hire. Simply contact Santuri on:
Tel. / Whatsapp: 0768 226 199 or

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Here’s some images of recent events as the Salon.  

Open Day January 13th 


Iche album launch featuring Janice Iche, Nabalayo, Akoth Jumadi and DJ IV


Monrhea hosts the TCHNO workshop at the Salon 


Housed in a former beauty salon in the basement of The Mall, Santuri’s Salon is the central operational base for Santuri activities, combining a recording studio, music production stations, a workshop / classroom area, an office, and a showcase area.

From this space Santuri plans to:

  • Create a value-driven, vibrant and inclusive space in Nairobi for music practitioners to learn skills, develop creative works, and share them with local, regional and global audiences.

  • Establish an East African reciprocal residency program that combines learning, collaboration and artistic innovation, connecting Kenya and Tanzania, expanding to 3 other locations in 2023/4.

  • House our celebrated SEMA education program and and grow our community by building a vibrant Alums network - creating opportunities and providing sustained support

Them Mushrooms live

“Santuri has been a much needed breathe of fresh air in the Nairobi music space post-pandemic, bringing together equally inspired and curious music minds to learn, engage and interact. The Santuri Salon is a perfect add on to this ecosystem, right in the heart of Westlands (Nairobi party district), providing a space to showcase some of the magic the city is making. It was an honour for Them Mushrooms, one of Kenyas most iconic bands, to able to jam in the space to a small exclusive audience, in the build up to the Hamsini Tour celebrating 50 Years of Live music”.
George ‘Porgie’ Gachui, Them Mushrooms Manager 

Dipa Konnection Video Shoot 

Nairobi’s next top band passed by to shoot a little video for their upcoming release - full video to follow!  




Building the Salon in September 2022:

Santuri has a fully equipped recording and production studio available for hire. Located in Kilimani, the studio offers cutting-edge equipment and knowledgable staff ready to bring your ideas to fruition. Unlike many other spaces in the city, Santuri is committed to being a safe, welcoming space that encourages producers and artists from all walks of like to feel at home. We particuarly welcome female/non-male individuals and collectives, as well as LGBTQ+ communities to utilise our services.

︎We Offer︎

Studio Hire (with or without engineer)

Gear Hire  (recording or live events)  

Podcast Recording Support

Access to DJ Equipment (practice or recording of mixes)

Video Production / Editing

Access to Ableton / Nativie Instruments / Elektron / Novation Hardware and Software

Event and Festival Curation and Production

Get in Touch for Personalised Quotation

Gear List

Maschine +

The standalone MASCHINE + is a Wifi-enabled sampler, a drum machine, a synth, and an on-stage superpower. Leave the laptop behind, jam with your other gear, and create beats in minutes with a wealth of on-board sounds, instruments, and effects.

Maschine MK2 & MK3

The MASCHINE MK2 & MK3 are sequencers, samplers, VST/AU plug-in hosts and multi-effect units used for beat-making and performance.

Ableton Push 1 & 2

Ableton Push is an instrument for song creation that provides hands-on control of melody and harmony, beats, sounds, and song structure. In the studio, Push allows you to quickly create clips that populate Live's Session View as you work entirely from the hardware.

Boss Dr. Sample SP-303 

The Boss Dr. Sampler SP-303 by the Roland Corportation offers DJs and musicians a compact, easy-to-use portable phrase sampler with CD-quality sound, 8-note polyphony, 26 onboard effects and a realtime pattern sequencer for sampling and effects processing anytime.

Komplete Kontrol S49 Keyboard

With the latest generation of KOMPLETE KONTROL, music-making becomes a more intuitive, hands-on experience. Perform expressively, browse and preview sounds, tweak parameters, sketch your ideas, then navigate and mix your project – all from one fully integrated centerpiece for studio and stage.

Venice f24 Mixer

Vf24 is much more than a compact live audio console. The DIGI-LOG VF24 is the platform for a completely integrated audio mixing, recording and signal processing - thanks to its FireWire digital audio interface which is capable of supporting up to 24 x 24 channels of high-quality, 24-bit audio.

Shure PGA DrumKit

The PGA DrumKit 7 Microphone Kit is a complete package of professional quality microphones, designed to provide excellent sound for full drum kit performance and recording. Included in the PGA DrumKit 7 are one PGA52 kick drum microphone, three PGA56 drum microphones, one PGA57 instrument microphone and two PGA81 instrument microphones, along with three drum mounts, seven XLR-XLR cables, and a carrying case.


Shure SM57s / SM58s

The cardioid dynamic instrument microphones offer clean reproduction of amplified and acoustic instuments. Features include contoured frequency response for rich vocal pickup, background noise reduction, and a pneumatic shock mount system.

Shure MV 88+ (Field Recording Mics)

The digital stereo condenser microphone replaces field recorders with the ability to record audio onto an iOS device. Features include 5 preloaded DSP settings, Lightning Connector compatibility, and iOS ShurePlus MOTIV app editing.

Shure MV7 Vocal (including direct to USB)

Inspired by the legendary SM7B, the MV7 is a dynamic microphone with both USB and XLR outputs for use with computers and professional interfaces alike. Connect via USB, explore additional set-up features and use auto level mode within the ShurePlus™ MOTIV app to control your vocal tone, and distance from the microphone.

Sound Isolation Panels

A full set of panels composed of compressed wool & foam are at your disposal. The sound absorbing acoustic panels absorb sound waves to reduce general noise, clarify speech and limit reverberation in walls within enclosed areas.

Adam Audio TV5 Monitors

The T5V is a two-way nearfield monitor and optimised for small control rooms. Excellent acoustic characteristics, small dimensions and outstanding performance make this studio monitor perfectly suited for use in small control rooms in music, video and broadcast production.

iMac 27” 201

A fully capable 2017 iMac Model with full Ableton Live 11 Suite, Native Instruments Komplete 13 Ultimate and Izotope plugins

Microphone Stands

Several flexible microphone stands for any occasion.

Audio Interfaces (Native Instruments, Focusrite, Yamaha)

Audio interfaces convert microphone and instrument signals into a format your computer and software recognise. The interface also routes audio from your computer out to your headphones and studio monitors. The studio offers a wide variety of interfaces for all your recording needs.

Elektron Digitakt

Novation TR-303

Half day                                5,000 KES
Half-day with engineer     7,500 KES
Full day                                10,000 KES
Full-Day with engineer   13,000 KES

Contact Us 

studio @ santuri. org
+254 701609152 


In 2020 Santuri undertook the most extensive survey of music producers and sound engineers yet undertaken in East Africa in partnership with the Berlin-based music technology company, Ableton. This survey interviewed over 250 producers, DJs, sound engineers, labels and music institutions, examining the education landscape for electronic music among other topics.

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CDR x Santuri @ Shelter

Officially for the first time in Kenya, Santuri partnered with CDR to create an evening entirely made up of music in the making. Producers submitted work-in-progress tracks to be played as a part of a DJ set, receiving live and informal feedback on their music from a group of peers. The evening also saw performances from DJ IV, Slikback, DJ Shock and the Santuri Sound System.  





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