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Whether it's in Nairobi or in Kyiv, in Bristol or in Cairo: in all the major cities of Africa and Europe, people get together in dedicated spaces to dance to music and party – and create communities, subcultures and public spheres. Club culture is a global phenomenon, but what music are these people dancing to in these cities and what music did they use to dance to in the past? In what sort of spaces do they meet up? What public spheres do they form? What do these club cultures mean to the urbanity of a city? And what happens when the club music from two different continents meet head on? More...


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Isaac was born in Kakamega, Kenya and was raised in the country's capital Nairobi. He had already started playing traditional drums in primary school, but after enrolling in Kuruka Maisha School of Art his journey of becoming a full musician began. The creative environment of music/musicians in Kenya made it possible for him to merge with the rest of the world and allowed him to tour festivals across Europe, Asia, Canada, India, Africa, etc. Isaac is currently working on his own album and is musically focusing on research of local roots and cultures to pass it on to the younger generation.

Isaac Anyanga & TEN CITIES
Isaac Anyanga participated in the fourth TEN CITIES episode of musical collaboration, which took the renowned Portugese producers Batida and Octa Push from Lisbon to Nairobi in April 2013. Further participants from Nairobi were Just A Band, Camp Mulla, Octopizzo, DJ Raph and an extended circle of musicians from Kenya. The Kenya phase was curated and facilitated by Just A Band's Bill Sellanga together with Berlin based musician Oren Gerlitz (Jahcoozi). Furthermore, in September 2013 Isaac Anyanga partcipated in a special recording phase in Nairobi together with Rob Smith, Okmalumkoolkat and more musicians from Kenya.
Sabine Bretz