Camp Zamira

Camp Zamira

Camp Zamira – a week full of singing, songwriting & performing for talented teenagers is on from 10-15th of December 2012. Sign up now!

Cost: Ksh 7,500 for the week (including tea & a snack!)


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December 2, 2012 · 5:49 pm



End term concert at Goethe Institut

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November 28, 2012 · 3:45 pm



Graduation concert #5

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November 28, 2012 · 3:44 pm


“The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought.”

~Ondi Madete

Sauti Academy will on the first weekend of December present Nairobi’s freshest group of musicians from our artist development program in two exciting concerts!

The first gig dubbed, “Identity” will be at Sheebeen in Upperhill on the 7th December 2012 starting 7pm. It will mark the graduation of a new set of Sauti Academy singers who will be stepping into the real professional world of music launching their careers. Six young ladies namely: Vicky, Mo, Cecile, Loise Ondiso Madete, Stephanie Wakaba and Mimi—dipped into eccentricity and elegance with spanking new sounds will be unveiled in a presentation of a unique blend of different music genres fused in their unique personalities. Their rich compositions will be a sneak peek of the “Identity” of the music of tomorrow.

What’s more? Another concert. Another song. Another story to be told … Join the rest of the seasoned Sauti Academy singers from 1st and 2nd terms at the End Term Concert titled, “Encore” at the Goethe-Institut on the 8th of December 2012 starting 7pm. The night’s array of performers will be a combination of talent, prowess and life’s twist and tales brought together on stage. Andrew Wambua & The Band Afrology and Waithera with her band will also be curtain-raising at the End Term Concert. Our select-few musicians were born to entertain. And with this guarantee; we invite you to be part of a musical journey that is set to leave the audience asking for an Encore!

Penya Africa will also be showcasing at the Kenya Music Week from 7-9th December 2012 at the Sarit Centre. Come meet & greet our artists, get yourself an autographed album and know more about all Penya Africa programs.

Identity Concert tickets: 300 Advance, 400 at the gate.

Encore Concert tickets: 200 Advance, 300 at the gate.

For more info on ticketing:

And for a sneak peak of the students:

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Finesse Unleashed concert

We all come from somewhere, whether its a forested Westlands bungalow or a tiny city flat; the slums or a farm somewhere, the distant land of Rongai, or Ngong; we are a tapestry of histories and an encyclopaedia of stories. We carry with us the story of our past; in the clothes we wear, the music we listen to, our hobbies and habits, flaws and strengths, lovers and friends… Our stories are alive in the people we share them with; our families- in the likeness in habit and texture; our friends- whether in drinking or praying or both. Our stories will live on long after we leave in those who remember us. Finesse Unleashed is a discovery of the stories we are leaving; in our music, our pictures and poems, our art and style you will find a story, maybe even a few.

Sauti Academy students have come together for what can only be called a festival of music. Hand picked by the notorious Madam Natalie herself, the performers are a rare breed of talent presenting sounds from somewhere else.

The two day music festival kicks off on Friday the 27th of July from 7pm to 10pm. The evening performance marks the long awaited graduation of two Sauti Academy students. Isha and Mel will grace the stage as Sauti students for the last time with a portfolio of their own music they are unleashing their finesse.  And that’s not all; second term Sauti Academy students will be opening for this unique duo with a collection of their own compositions coming from a rich variety of places and sounds; a cameo of stories, a festival of perspectives.

Saturday, 28th July showcases the latest talent that joined the program only three months ago. For the first time these Sauti Academy students will showcase their talent through a distinctive display of talent and vivacity.

About the program

Sauti Academy largely through the efforts of Natalie Lukkenaer, prides itself in adding the finishing touches to already existing talent and, as the well acclaimed Sauti Academy Concerts in the past have shown, is doing a great job producing rare talent yielding great results in the entertainment industry. Sauti Academy is known for encouraging artists to be authentic in the music they make, with this freedom the students can be said to bloom with distinct styles, unique perspectives as well as a dedication to their art. Every single artist that is chosen is encouraged, motivated, educated and challenged, and given the tools so as to make these dreams their reality.

The Finesse Unleashed Festival offers a buffet selection of music that can literally be found nowhere else. It is taking place at the Michael Joseph centre (Safaricom House) on Friday and Saturday 27th and 28th July.

Tickets will be available from any of the performers (find them listed as hosts on and at Hedgehog music shop (Sarit Centre, 1st Floor Next to I & M Bank, tel: 0736 234 473 , 020 3743520) from the 18th of July 2012.

For more information about Finesse Unleashed and the academy visit or send an email to

For a sneak preview on what  you might expect have a look at

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Auditions 4/5 May 2012 @ Penya Africa

On the 4th (by appointment) and 5th (first come first served) of May 2012 we are organizing a new round of auditions for Sauti Academy! We are looking for unique vocalists who are interested in taking their talent to the next level. During the auditions you are expected to perform 1 or 2 songs with an instrumentalist or a-capella. We might test your musicality and will ask you questions about your motivation to join the program.

If you’re interested to book an audition slot, please send an email with your preferred time to




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About Sauti Academy (Penya Africa)


 Penya Africa’s artist development program reaches out to singers/rappers who would like to take their talent to the next level. After one year, every graduate should be able to start and sustain a (semi)professional career in the music industry. The program includes weekly voice lessons, music theory, piano lessons as well as music business workshops. At the end of each term we organize a Sauti Academy showcase for you to present your progress to the outside world. The Sauti Academy program is the place where Penya Africa exclusively scouts for new talent.

We are organizing a new round of auditions on the 4th (by appointment: and 5th (from 9am – first come first served) of May 2012. In the auditions you are expected to perform 1 or 2 songs either with a backing track or with an accompanist (guitarist/pianist/etc) or a-capella. You will also have a short interview about your motivation to join the program. The auditions will take place at Penya Africa studio in Pangani (Showbe plaza, entrance C, 2nd floor).

The fee is Ksh 15000 per term (April, August & December are holidays), but we have scholarships available for talented vocalists who cannot afford the fees. All Sauti Academy students are expected to contribute to our outreach programs before completing the program.

So do you think you have what it takes to shake up the entertainment scene? Are you looking to be the artist who will storm the music world? Do you feel that music can  contribute to a better society?

For more information contact:


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