The Sauti Academy is a one-year artist development program that includes singing lessons, performance coaching, event organizing experience and song writing workshops focused on lyrics & melody development. Ultimately, all singers who complete the program will have developed their unique musical identity and a confident stage performance.
We are looking for unique voices & talented, ambitious singers who are interested in exploring a musical career.
The program includes:
– voice lessons focused on voice technique, song interpretation and performance
– songwriting classes focused on lyric writing & melody composition
-events organizing skills development
At the end of each term the students organize a Sauti Academy showcase where they present their musical progress to the world.
The fee is Ksh 24,000 per term (April, August & December are holidays), that is payable per month (Ksh 8,000) but we have scholarships available for talented vocalists who cannot afford the fees. Please not that we however only discuss this after you’ve passed the auditions. All Sauti Academy students are encouraged to contribute to our outreach programs before completing the program.
We are organising new rounds of auditions every 4 months. The 2016 audition dates will be:
-Saturday 9th January 2016
-Saturday 7th May 2016
-Saturday 3rd September 2016
AUDITIONS start on the said dates from 9am. You don’t need to make an appointment; auditions will happen on a first come, first served basis during that day. We will NOT audition anyone at Penya Africa on other dates.
Attention: ALL auditions are taking place at the NEW PENYA OFFICE (shared with Sub Sahara) INSIDE Riara Primary School compound on Riara Road. When you get to the gate, ask for the STUDIO and you’ll be directed.
-musicality; singing in tune, staying on beat, understanding of the song structure, use of dynamics
-performance; your interaction with the audience & your instrumentalist
-song interpretation; use of dynamics, variations in melody and understanding of the lyrics of the song performed
-uniqueness as a singer/performer; we are looking for memorable voices and unique personalities that can develop into memorable performers
During auditions you’re expected to perform 1 or 2 songs (with an accompanist, pianist or guitarist – instruments will be provided but then kindly choose from the list of songs below) & 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 Monday the 8th of September 2015.
-You can be invited to our Sauti ya Kwanza program which will help you to improve solve basic problems such as voice control, staying in key, breath issues & performance.
During the 2nd 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!)
- Sauti ya Kwanza
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 instrumentalists to play for you. In case you’d like her/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!).
– Nikikutazama – H_art the Band
-Sheria – Sarabi
– Yahaya – Lady Jaydee
– Hello – Adele (Dela’s Swahili version is also allowed!)
– Loliwe – Zahara
-Thinkin’ out loud – Ed Sheeran
-Love runs out – One Republic