Kenya’s Music Industry

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The Kenyan music industry could see its revenue grow significantly, following a concerted campaign to get broadcasters to pay artists their dues. This was revealed at a panel discussion on the financial potential of Kenya’s music industry, organised by the Music In Africa Foundation and Goethe-Institut in Nairobi on 28 September. Industry executive Mike Strano, who was one of the panelists, said that a new royalty structure is due to be announced soon by the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO). At the moment radio stations pay an annual flat rate of Ksh75,000 (US $740) for use of music and TV stations pay Ksh24,000 (US $236) Read More

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ONGEA! is Born out of our Annual KENYA MUSIC WEEK, which ran for 10 Years – every December, from 2004 to 2013.

Since KENYA MUSIC WEEK achieved its Objectives for the Kenya Music Industry over that Decade, we are now Broadening the Scope of our Event – whose three Pillars are still Trade, Learn and Showcase.

This Event will be held at Sarit Centre Expo Hall in Westlands, Nairobi – KENYA, from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January, 2017.


A daily Trade Exhibition, of local Industry stakeholders, including interested Regional and International Practitioners.


A daily Industry Panel, by Local, Regional and International Experts.


Daily Showcase Performances, by exhibiting Musicians and other Talent, in front of Local, Regional and International Festival Bookers.



KENYA MUSIC WEEK’s move to rebrand to ONGEA! is based on the need to ensure Increased Sustainability and Relevance of this very important Industry gathering, by Opening it up to a larger Market, thus increasing the Forum’s profile Regionally and Globally.

The move is informed by undifferentiated Music penetration in the Region, marked by increasing acceptance of different Genres of Music across the board. Artists are increasingly receiving Support and Acceptance of their Craft, outside their Countries; a Trend which is Driving the Growth of the Eastern Africa Music Industry.

ONGEA! will be the main Source of new Innovations, Trends and Content for Regional and Global players, who are Setting the Pace for Strategic and focused Growth of the Music &Entertainment Industry in the Eastern Africa Region.








A 4-day public Celebration of Eastern Africa Music


Email or call +254 774 386 060


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Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Safaricom International Jazz Festival @ Safaricom Stadium | Nairobi | Nairobi | Kenya
12:00 pm
Since its inception in February 2014, the Safaricom International Jazz Festival has evolved into an unmissable musical celebration.  The festival prides itself in bringing together talented musicians from all around the country and the world, and has played a huge role in expanding the Kenyan Jazz scene. In addition to[...]
Mar 11 – Mar 15 all-day
SXSW Interactive Festival @ Austin | Austin | Texas | United States
12:00 am
The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery. Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music[...]
FESTAC: Lagos Music Festival @ Golden Tulip Hotel
Mar 18 all-day
FESTAC: Lagos Music Festival @ Golden Tulip Hotel | Lagos | Nigeria
12:00 am
Festac is originally referred to as the “Festival Town” or “Festac Village”. It was designed to accommodate the participants of the Second World Festival of Black Arts and Culture back in 1977. Since then, Festac is considered the icon of art and culture in Lagos and by hosting the Music[...]
Sawa Sawa Festival @ SARAKASI DOME
Mar 18 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 19 @ 11:45 pm
Sawa Sawa Festival @ SARAKASI DOME | Nairobi | Nairobi | Kenya
8:00 pm
The Sawa Sawa Festival attracts audiences of over 100,000 people. To date two documentaries about the festival have been produced. Always at hand to spice up the event are the Sarakasi All Stars, showcasing the best in acrobatics and dance. Each year Sarakasi’s projects like Wapi, Amani Lazima, the Hospital[...]
Apr 27 – May 2 all-day
SOTX - Sound of the Xity Festival @ Yugong Yishan | Beijing | Beijing | China
12:00 am
Sound of the Xity (SOTX), is an event happens every year in China. It is the only Chinese platform with a long-term commitment to the joint development of the Chinese and Western music industries. The core program of SOTX consists of SOTX EXPO and SOTX FEST. SOTX EXPO devotes to[...]
May 4 @ 8:00 pm – May 7 @ 11:45 pm
DOADOA – East African Performing Arts Market @ Uganda Museum | Kampala | Central Region | Uganda
8:00 pm
DOADOA is the East African Performing Arts Market that provides a platform for professional networking and joint learning, bringing together various stakeholders and link people, organizations, businesses, knowledge and technology with a view to create demand and develop a market for the performing arts and unlock the potential of the[...]
Saint Louis Jazz Festival @ Place Faidherbe
May 11 – May 16 all-day
Saint Louis Jazz Festival @ Place Faidherbe | Saint Louis | Saint-Louis | Senegal
12:00 am
The Saint Louis Jazz Festival is held annually in the colorful town of Saint Louis in Senegal. Jazz legends from all over the world come together to play in various venues throughout the town. Past musicians who took part in the festival include Herbie Hancock, Randy Weston, and Joe Zainul.[...]
May 20 – May 28 all-day
Mawazine Festival @ Rabat | Rabat | Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer | Morocco
12:00 am
The foremost mission of Mawazine Festival –Rhythms of the World as set out during the creation of the Maroc Cultures Association, is to “ensure the public of Rabat -Salé- Zemmour- Zaërs, high quality cultural and artistic entertainment worthy of the capital of the Kingdom.” To this end, the Festival makes[...]
European Film Festival @ Alliance Française
Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm
European Film Festival @  Alliance Française | Nairobi | Nairobi | Kenya
7:30 pm
The European Film Festival is back! This year, the European Film Festival, will be marking the 25th edition of screening EU member states film in Nairobi. The theme for this year is, ‘Integration’ which coincides with the recent wave of immigrants into the European Union mostly stirred by conflict in[...]
Sondeka Festival @ Arboretum Grounds
Jun 3 @ 10:06 am – 11:06 am
Sondeka Festival @ Arboretum Grounds | Nairobi | Nairobi | Kenya
10:06 am
Sondeka Festival is a 3 day create festival that is the first of its kind in East Africa. It is a platform for numerous events, activities and exhibitions that showcase East Africa’s creative industry. The festival brings all forms of creativity into one space to collaborate, co-create and showcase skills[...]
Pacho Festival @ SIMBA CLUB KISUMU
Jun 4 all-day
Pacho Festival @ SIMBA CLUB KISUMU | Kisumu | Kisumu | Kenya
12:00 am
  Pacho Festival is a musical event that features the world’s best live Rhumba perfomer WERRASON & WENGE MUSICA BAND from Congo alongside Kenya’s best perfoming artists including TONY NYADUNDO, MADANJE PERIMETER & IGWE BANDASON & HOSTED BY KENYA’S TOP MCS ALONGSIDE RADIO & T.V PERSONALITIES. In short this is[...]
AFRICA MUSIC WEEK @ Toronto, Ontario
Jun 8 – Jun 12 all-day
AFRICA MUSIC WEEK @ Toronto, Ontario | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
12:00 am
African Music Week (AMW) was created by the AIM 2 Impact, a non-profit organization to heighten the understanding of African music through a series of concentrated events in one of the world’s most diverse and multicultural cities. Our vision for 2016, adding more innovative and interactive engagement of African sounds[...]
Africa Oyé @ Sefton Park
Jun 18 @ 12:30 pm – Jun 19 @ 9:30 pm
Africa Oyé @ Sefton Park | Liverpool | England | United Kingdom
12:30 pm
Africa Oyé, the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture takes place annually in Liverpool. Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, the event has gone from strength to strength, moving to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to cope with[...]
Glastonbury Festival @ Worthy Farm, Pilton
Jun 22 – Jun 26 all-day
Glastonbury Festival @ Worthy Farm, Pilton | Pilton | United Kingdom
12:00 am
A unique feast of music set on a huge site offering a grand scale of entertainment unlike any other festival in the world. For five days 2,000 acres around Pilton farm plays host to a tented city in Somerset. As well as music from nearly every genre imaginable on over[...]
Festival Mundial @ Spoorzone
Jun 25 – Jun 26 all-day
Festival Mundial @ Spoorzone | Tilburg | Noord-Brabant | Netherlands
12:00 am
Festival Mundial is a music festival which annually at the beginning of summer in Tilburg held and focused on world music . Central to innovative urban of urban crucibles over the world: Japanese punk to Malian ngoni pupa, from nederhop to Israeli surf . Besides concerts, the festival also offers[...]
Jun 25 – Jul 2 all-day
Roskilde Festival @ Roskilde | Roskilde | Region Zealand | Denmark
12:00 am
Roskilde Festival is the largest North European culture and music festival and has existed since 1971. We are a non-profit organisation consisting of about 50 full-time employees and thousands of volunteers. Roskilde Festival 2016 takes place from 25 June until 2 July. Roskilde Festival 2017 will take place from 24[...]
Jul 10 @ 12:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Blankets & Wine @ NGONG RACECOURSE GROUNDS | Nairobi | Nairobi | Kenya
12:00 pm
Blankets & Wine was started in 2008 as a platform for the promotion, celebration and exposure of emerging live Kenyan music. The monthly event series progressively evolved from a platform showcasing contemporary live Kenyan music into an Africa-wide, multi-disciplinary platform. Under the banner of Blankets and Wine, the East African[...]
Jul 13 – Jul 16 all-day
Timitar Festival @ Agadir | Agadir | Souss-Massa-Draa | Morocco
12:00 am
Born of a desire to open the Amazigh culture on other world cultures, the event has succeeded over the editions to forge an identity as a crossroads with 900,000 spectators last year.The public will have the choice between concerts and various scenes of the festival. The musicians of the new[...]
The Koroga Festival @ Arboretum Grounds
Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Koroga Festival @ Arboretum Grounds | Nairobi | Nairobi | Kenya
12:00 pm
The Koroga Festival Brought to you by Capital FM and hosted bi-monthly, celebrating the greatest African acts from around the continent as we food & culture. The 13th edition of the ‪#‎KorogaFestival‬ proudly presents Mafikizolo SA! It’s going down on Sunday 31st July 2016 at the Arboretum Gardens. Get your[...]
Aug 5 – Aug 7 all-day
Rainforest World Music Festival @  Sarawak | Sarawak | Malaysia
12:00 am
Facts on RWMF The Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique festival that brings together on the same stage renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the mythical island of Borneo. Its formula of afternoon informative workshops, followed by evening performances on the main stage has proven to[...]
Moshito Music Conference @ SABC Radio Park
Sep 7 – Sep 10 all-day
Moshito Music Conference @ SABC Radio Park | Johannesburg | Gauteng | South Africa
12:00 am
Since 2004 Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition has established itself as Africa’s premiere music industry event. With a purpose to broaden the business intelligence of music industry professionals in Africa, strengthen business networks for participants and inform delegates, traders and the public about the multifaceted and dynamic nature of the[...]
Sep 16 – Sep 18 all-day
Bayimba International Festival Of The Arts @ City Centre | Kampala | Central Region | Uganda
12:00 am
During the third week of September, Kampala comes alive as a vibrant and eventful city when an unparalleled feast of music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts from renowned and upcoming artists are brought to Kampala. The 9th edition of the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts is scheduled from[...]
Sep 30 – Oct 1 all-day
Breathe Sunshine African Music Conference @ Protea Hotel Fire & Ice | Cape Town | Western Cape | South Africa
12:00 am
Our music industry is exciting and growing fast but we believe that more knowledge transfer, training and unity is needed to help us realise our true global potential.  Join us and delegates from across the continent for our fourth annual music conference where you will have the oportunity to connect[...]
Lake of Stars Festival @ Chintheche Inn
Sep 30 – Oct 2 all-day
Lake of Stars Festival @ Chintheche Inn | Chintheche | Northern Region | Malawi
12:00 am
The Lake of Stars Festival Lake of Stars is a music festival, which lasts for three days and takes place on the Shore of Malawi Lake. The latter happens to be the third largest lake in the continent. Lake of stars got its name from the explorer David Livingstone. He[...]
Broadcast Film & Music Africa @ Kenyatta International Convention Centre
Oct 18 – Oct 19 all-day
Broadcast Film & Music Africa @ Kenyatta International Convention Centre | Nairobi | Nairobi | Kenya
12:00 am
Africa’s broadcast, film and music industries are increasingly developing synergies and merging through the power of electronic media. BFMA is the continent’s only business and technology event to serve the creative content and electronic media industry through an integrated educational and marketing platform. The sixth conference in the series will[...]
WOMEX – The World Music Expo @ Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
Oct 19 – Oct 23 all-day
WOMEX - The World Music Expo @ Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain | Santiago de Compostela | Galicia | Spain
12:00 am
WOMEX is an international networking platform for the world music industry. The annual five-day event comprises a bustling Trade Fair, Showcase Festival, Conference, and Film programme, as well as festive Opening and Award ceremonies. Twenty-one WOMEX editions have affirmed the value of networking across borders, be they musical, political, cultural or commercial.[...]
Nov 1 – Nov 6 all-day
Oslo World Music Festival @ Oslo | Oslo | Oslo | Norway
12:00 am
As winter draws near, Oslo’s most international music festival takes place. Many of the artists who perform at Oslo World Music Festival are big stars in their part of the world, but may be new acquaintances for most Norwegians. About the festival The Oslo World Music Festival is a six-day[...]
Nov 4 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 6 @ 3:00 pm
Karibu Music Festival @ BAGAMOYO | Bagamoyo | Pwani | Tanzania
2:00 pm
Call for Artists 2016. Karibu Cultural Promotions Organization in collaboration with Legendary Music Entertainment and Promotions Company Limited are organizing the 3rd edition of the “Karibu Music Festival”, an annual Three (03) Days International cultural event aiming at African Culture Promotion to the world, as well as introducing other countries’ culture[...]
Nov 12 all-day
Indian Ocean Festival @ Dobbyn Park | Jurien Bay | Western Australia | Australia
12:00 am
The Indian Ocean Festival has become the most anticipated event on the Turquoise Coast. Incorporating the blessing of the crayfishing boats, the community event is a day packed full of entertainment for the whole family including live music, amusement rides and local talent.
Nov 16 – Nov 19 all-day
VISA FOR MUSIC @ Rabat | Rabat | Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer | Morocco
12:00 am
Visa For Music (VFM), lounge music of Africa and the Middle East, is an unprecedented event. The project arises from a paradox: on one hand, the lack – or absence – of visibility of artists from Africa and the Middle East and abroad, on the other the presence of an[...]


FEES: Cost (KES) per Stand (3m x 3m), for all four (4) days (excluding VAT):



1 STAND:   KES 17,000/-
2 STANDS: KES 32,300/-
3 STANDS: KES 47,175/-
4 STANDS: KES 61,200/-

FROM 17,000


1 STAND:   KES 19,000/-
2 STANDS: KES 36,100/-
3 STANDS: KES 52,725/-
4 STANDS: KES 64,400/-

FROM 19,000


1 STAND:   KES 21,000/-
2 STANDS: KES 39,900/-
3 STANDS: KES 58,275/-
4 STANDS: KES 76,600/-

FROM 21,000


  • ONGEA! The 2017 Eastern Africa Music Summit
    Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Event Location

    The Sarit Centre Expo Hall,
    Westlands, Nairobi - KENYA

  • Contact Email

  • Visit Us At Our Office

    PHAT! Music & Entertainment Limited,
    Hatheru Road, Lavington, Nairobi.

  • Our Official Website

  • Cel: +254 774 386 060
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