Febuary 12 - 18th 2024, - Nairobi, Kenya

The First Symposium on Music Technology and Innovation in East Africa

Kilele is a new symposium for East Africa, providing a cutting-edge forum for technology and innovation as it relates to music culture. Spanning a 7-day schedule of workshops, concerts, live performances, networking and presentations, Kilele will bring together the region’s most forward thinking creatives and collectives with global music tech companies, platforms and thought leaders.

Running from February 12th to 18th 2024, this event is the culmination of over a decade of accelerated creative endeavor in the electronic music space of East Africa, and dials in on the role of technology in music innovation, education, and creativity. Kilele will connect artists, DJs, curators, collectives, and venues with key players in the global music space to celebrate the journey so far, and define the path forward. 


The symposium has been initiated by the “Études for Live-electronics” team from the Department of Music Acoustics at mdw (Vienna) and Santuri East Africa.

Santuri is an award-winning community-focussed music innovation hub based in Nairobi, Kenya, existing to bring about a more equitable, authentic and diverse music industry. Kilele will also mark Santuri’s 10th anniversary serving the underground / electronic music community in the region.

The University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna's FWF-PEEK project "Études for Live-electronics" undertook a project at Santuri in early 2023. They'll return to build on that foundation for Kilele.  


This first iteration of Kilele will focus on cross-cultural collaborations, live electronic performances and music education as key themes, under which a wide assortment of topics and ideas will be explored. 

Delegates and visitors can expect a program of thought provoking seminars, workshops and presentations, as well as deep dives into Nairobi’s flourishing nightlife via showcases, after parties and networking events.

Already confirmed are internationally-acclaimed avant-garde Kenyan artists KMRU and Nyokabi Kariũki, plus Labdi Ommes, Monrhea Carter, Astrid Bin, Bernt Isak Wærstad, and Alex Hofmann. A slew of additional international and regional artists, organisations and platforms are set to announce their participation shortly.   

Happening across multiple venues in the heart of Nairobi’s underground music scene (including Goethe-Institut Nairobi, The Mist, and Santuri Salon), Kilele is an opportunity to find like-minded souls, build networks, explore new markets and dive into the burning topics that will define the sector in the future. 


Want to be a part of Kilele?

We’ll be announcing more details shortly, but mark your calendars and fill out this form to stay in touch:

Google Form

You can also write to kilele@santuri.org if you are interested in partnering or pitching workshops / presentations / showcases. 

Stay up to date with Kilele:
︎ @kilelesummit
︎ @KileleSummit

*Kilele means peak or summit in Kiswahili, a place of elevation from which to gain perspective.

This project is supported by the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia



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