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Ketebul Music

County: Nairobi- Industrial area

Ketebul Music is an audio and video production non-profit non-governmental organization located along 12 dunga road in Industrial area at the GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi county.

Ketebul is a dholuo name which means ‘drum sticks’. According to their website, that name was a natural choice for an organization that has a vision of an African society that celebrates its cultural identity and also recognizes the special role that artistes play every day in people’s lives.

They specialize in both traditional and contemporary African music, with an emphasis on live recorded instruments as opposed to sequenced sounds. They believe in keeping the music as authentic and organic as possible.

Their studios which are based at the GoDown Arts Centre, include two fully equipped analogue and digital studios, and a video editing suite.

Some of their work include the following

Retracing Kenya’s Funky Hits: 2011
Weapon of Mass Reconciliation: 2011
Retracing Kikuyu Popular Music: 2010
Garissa Express – Gargar: 2010
Retracing The Benga Rhythm: 2008
Spotlight on Kenyan Music Vol 1 to 4: 2005 – 2008
Ekayaba – Ontiri Bikundo: 2008
Matatu – Ogoya Nengo: 2008
Koko Ka – Suzanna Owiyo ft mbilia Bel: 2007
Ohanglaman – Makadem: 2006
Osuga – Olith Ratego: 2006

Ketebul Music was established in early 2007 with the ambitious vision to carry out research and promote the diverse fusion of traditional sounds of Kenya and East Africa through the documentation and archiving of the work of musicians who have shaped the various genres of music from the region over the past six decades. In broader terms, intensive research carried out by Ketebul Music involves the musicians themselves, their families, industry players such as producers and promoters, media personalities and the market audience.

Memorable archiving is achieved through intensive academic research reports released along with a market-friendly package from each phase of research. The package comprises of a shorter, but succinct, popular version of the academic report and is contained in an attractively designed booklet. To reinforce it is an audio CD featuring re-releases of previous recordings along with a video documentary carrying intensive interviews, analyses, stage performances and archive footage.

They have two fully equipped analogue and digital studios.

Studio A is their main studio which has large sound booth set up to handle live multi track recordings for bands. The control room is equipped with a Mac Pro, running on Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Reason, Cubase and Nuendo. They are also equipped with rack mounted outboard units including;

  • Digi 002
  • Korg Triton Rack
  • Yamaha Motif
  • TC Electronics Finilizer
  • Focusrite Pre Amp
  • Proverb Effects Processor
  • Tascam CD, tape and ADAT units
  • MOTU midi timepiece

Studio B is their project studio, designed to handle vocal recording, guitar and single instrument multi track sessions. Also running on Logic, Cubase and Nuendo, Studio B also has outboard equipment such as,

  • Digi 002
  • Korg Triton Workstation
  • Roland Phantom XR Sampler
  • Tascam CD and tape unit
  • M Audio midi intrface

The services they offer include

  • Live multi track recording
  • Digital programming
  • Voice over recording
  • Studio Hire
  • Post production services
  • Multimedia Conversions (Tapes, ADAT, CDs, Vinyl)

Ketebul Music also does video production.  They specialize in research based documentaries, on the origins and development or traditional sounds, music, and culture of East Africa. These documentaries form part of the cultural archives that Ketebul Music is in the process of establishing. Through this audio visual archive, Ketebul Music will process and store material on the origins and development East African music genres.

For more information, samples of their work and bookings visit their official social media contacts provided above.