AUDITIONS SAUTI ACADEMY

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.

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-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.

Please remember…..

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 :)

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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

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Sauti Sol release “Still the One” video

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Sauti Sol—East Africa’s Most Gifted Video of 2012 Channel O winners and Kenya’s high-flying recording/performing band finally release the music video to “Still the One.” The video of the single (released in April) off their soon-to-be-released third album is Sauti Sol’s most anticipated release to date.

The video of the slow jam was shot in Nairobi city and features regular yet charming couples, depicting young love blossoming from primary school to university and beyond. In the song, Sauti Sol equates their fans to their own love interest with simple yet intricate lyrics praising them for ‘still being the ones’, years on.

Produced by Ulopa Ngoma and Sauti Sol, “Still the One” is yet another original stamp of Sauti Sol’s harmonious ballads; flaunting the band’s celebrated articulate song-writing skills and story-telling abilities. All this is blended in Bien-Aime’s perfect falsetto amidst Chimano and Delvin’s rich harmonization in catchy instrumentals directed by Polycarp’s rhythmic lead guitar.

Music video camera and direction: Enos Olik, CJP Films

Styling: Annabel Onyango for DRESSUPNATION

Executive Production: Sauti Sol Entertainment

Distributor: Penya Africa

For more info Tweet @SautiSol / Facebook.com/Sautisol or visit www.sauti-sol.com

For bookings & management: email Sauti Sol Manager Marek via marek@sauti-sol.com

For interviews: call Sauti Sol Publicist Anyiko +254 721 368 983/email anyiko@sauti-sol.com

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Prisca releases #dear95

Sauti Academy alumni Prisca talks to her 5-year old self in this brand new release #Dear95. Currently, Prisca is busy in the studio working on her first EP release with acclaimed producer MG. More info about that project soon!

Next Sunday the funky singer-songwriter will also make her debut at the Blankets & Wine stage alongside Alsarah, Dela (The Voice!) and South African songstress Zahara.

Tickets are available on ticketsasa.com for Ksh. 1,500. They’ll also be on sale at select Dormans outlets starting this afternoon.

Blankets and wine poster

 

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Sauti Academy in the County Weekly

“Sauti Academy’s curriculum is tough and gruesome yet thrilling in the study of music and other various elements meant to bring out the best in the students”.

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Thanks!

The Penya Africa team would like to give a big thanks to all the 123 singers who came out for the Sauti Academy auditions. We just completed the second round of the auditions and would like to welcome a group of 15 singers to Sauti Academy. Another 10 singers have made it into our Raw Talent program. Keep an eye here on the website for student introductions & more exciting news!

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Auditions, auditions!

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What? Penya’s termly Sauti Academy & Raw Talent auditions

When: this Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th of May 2013

Time: first come first served from 9am

Where: Penya Africa studio, Showbe Plaza (entrance C, 2nd floor), Pangani, Nairobi. 

Penya Africa is looking for the most talented, unique and ambitious singers in Kenya who are between 18 and 25 years old and who dream of a professional music career. Sauti Academy will take the selected group of 10-12 singers  through a 1-year artist development program that includes voice lessons, performance skills, songwriting, music theory and music business workshops. To encourage talented singers with little previous experience, Penya developed a 3-month bridging program dubbed Raw Talent. Read all about the artist development programs Sauti Academy and Raw Talent here.

Alumni and students of Sauti Academy have performed at the biggest stages in Kenya; Alliance Francaise, Blankets & Wine, Thursday Nite Live at Choices – and include Willy Paul, Wambui from Elani, Dempsey, Mumala and Andrew Wambua.

During auditions every singer will perform 1 or 2 songs of choice (covers or own composition) either a-capella, with an instrumentalist (keyboard & acoustic guitar will be provided in the audition room) or with a performance backing track (MP3 format on USB stick or CD without the main vocals). Songs performed should be sang off head; no one is allowed to sing the song with written lyrics.

After the performance, all singers will go through a small interview / feedback session with the Penya teaching team. The results of the auditions can be;

  1. Sorry, try again next time + feedback on your performance
  2. Yes, you are through to the 2nd round + feedback + assignment

The 2nd round auditions are taking place on Tuesday the 7th of May 2013 at 10am. During this round, all singers are performing their assignment song in front of the others. After that, all singers will go through a short improvisation round in which we test musicality. The  Penya team will then deliberate and share the conclusion with the singers. The results of this audition can be;

  1. Sorry, try again next time + feedback
  2. Yes, you are in Sauti Academy + feedback
  3. Yes, you are in Raw Talent + feedback

Directions:

Showbe is the orange building next to former Pangani roundabout (now flyover) that connects Murang’a Rd, Thika Rd & Forest Rd. You can enter the plot at Oilibya. If you use public transport, you can take number 6 or 9 (they leave from Fire-station on Tom Mboya Street and you alight at Oilibia or Nairobi Water Company on Murang’a Road, Pangani).

In case you have any questions regarding Sauti Academy, Raw Talent or Penya Africa, please send an email to natalie@penya-africa.com

 

 

 

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Music; My World

Sauti Academy alumni Prisca Ojwang joined hands with two friends to organize  Music – My World. The concert will take place at Michael Joseph Centre, Safaricom House, on the 4th of May 2013. Apart from Prisca showcasing her amazing talent with her band, Penya Africa’s latest signing KIU will also grace the stage. Here is the press release:

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*THE DREAM*

We strive to change our world,

*THE TRAP AND THE COVER UP*

…but the everyday hullabaloo weighs our miniature bodies down. We work hard, for our survival is dependent on these efforts. Soon it’s every one for themselves…

*THE OUTCOME*

Three ladies find redemption by discovering and accepting themselves and subsequently those around them in a bid to change the world.

Join Trina Mungai, Gathoni Mwaura, Prisca Ojwang’, Sam Kioko and the band Metanoia (Zamar Odongo, Shaqat Odongo, Newman Owor and Kemoli Ndela) in an evening of colorful music.

Special performance by Kato Change, Lisa Oduor-Noah and KIU

DATE: 4TH May, 2013
VENUE: MJC, Safaricom House

TIME: 6.30 pm- 9 pm
CHARGES: 250 advance, 350 gate

For tickets call: 0713 936 302 / 0786 205 481 / 0720 461 425

A peek into the show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5PxgKxTHu8

Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/313817645412345/324098107717632/

E: priojwang@gmail.com

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