We are organizing new rounds of auditions starting on Saturday the 4th of January 2014 from 9am. You don’t need to make an appointment; auditions will happen on a first come, first served basis during those two days. During auditions you’re expected to perform 1 or 2 songs (with an accompanist, pianist or guitarist – instruments will be provided) & we’ll interview you about your motivation to join the program.
In the 1st round, there are two things that can happen;
-You can be invited to the 2nd round auditions (for which you will get an assignment to prepare at home!). The 2nd round will take place on Tuesday the 6th of January 2014.
-You can be told “No, Sorry” and asked to work on improving your voice & performance and maybe come back another time.
During the second round, you will perform your assigned song in front of the other candidates and if necessary take some extra tests on improvisation & musicality.
The result of the second round can be either one of these three:
- Welcome to Sauti Academy
- Welcome to Raw Talent (our 3-month preparation class for talented singers who need a little extra time and basic skills before joining the Sauti Academy program. There are weekly group sessions on Thursdays and after the three months you should be ready for the full program!)
- No, sorry! Try again next time.
Auditions will take place at the Penya Africa studio in Pangani – Showbe Plaza (entrance C, 2nd floor) on Murang’a Road. You can take matatu nr 6 or 9 from fire station (Koja) on Tom Mboya Street. Tell the conductor you will alight at Guru Nanak which is just after the u-turn on Murang’a Road. Showbe Plaza is the orange building between Oilibya and the Forest Road fly over.
You need to audition with a guitarist/pianist who plays for you while you sing (and of course you can also play for yourself!). Music gets better when you collaborate with others so even though it might be challenging to find the right person, you will have to search hard & put in the time and effort to practice and audition with an instrumentalist. If this is what you want to do, get to work and make it happen
For those who can really not get an instrumentalist, we will avail one of our great guitarists to play for you. In case you’d like him to play for you, you will need to choose from the following songs (if you bring your own instrumentalist you can sing whatever you like!) - please note that the list will be completed later, but here’s a start:
- Still the One – Sauti Sol
- All of me – John Legend
- Paukwa – Dela
- Can’t be my lover – John Legend
- Haya – Harry Kimani
- Titanium – David Guetta feat Sia
- Halo /// Best thing I never had – Beyonce
- Someone Like You /// Chasing Pavements /// Make you feel my love – Adelle
- No One /// If I ain’t got you /// Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys
- Brown Skin /// Promises /// I am not my hair - India Arie
- Zuciya Daya – Bez
- Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin
- No one knows /// Jailer – Asa
- Lost without you – Robin Thick
- Thinkin’ bout you – Frank Ocean
- River // Next to me – Emeli Sande
- Diamond /// Stay – Rihanna
- Please don’t leave me – Pink
- Blown Away – Carrie Underwood