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 16th to Sunday 19th February, 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.

TZ: Call for Application, 15th Sauti Za Busara, 8-11, 2018

Is your music connected to Africa or Indian Ocean? Is your music 100% live? Are you interested to perform next February in Zanzibar? The 15th Sauti za Busara, one of Africa’s top music festivals, is scheduled to take place in Stone Town, Zanzibar during 8 – 11 February 2018. The call for artists is open only until 31st July 2017.

Incomplete applications or those received after the deadline will not be considered.To apply to participate, please send all documents as listed below.

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Application form
Artists’ profile/biography*
Latest audio release* (send 2 CDsby post, or maximum 3songs by wetransfer/dropbox)
Video DVD of live performance, or 1 clipby wetransfer/dropbox (if available)
2 promotional photos* (high-resolution)
Stage Plan and Technical Rider (if available)
Supporting documents must be clearly labeled and sent by email to journey@busara.or.tz

Printed applications by post are highly appreciated and should be sent to the following address:
Journey Ramadhan
Busara Promotions
P O Box 3635

Please clearly mark your package “Contents not for sale. For promotional use only”
Submission deadline to receive your complete application: midnight, 31st July 2017

If selected, Sauti za Busara will cover the following expenses for participating artists + 1 manager:

Modest honorarium, towards performance fees
Per-diems, for meals and incidentals
Accommodation in Zanzibar
All local transport related to the performance
Tanzanian visa costs, reimbursed against receipts
All-Festival passes, includes access to all shows and activities for the duration of the event
Artist’s profile in festival programmes, press releases, website and social media.

The selection committee meets in August to finalise the line-up for Sauti za Busara 2018. All applicants will be notified of their decision before September. Artists from outside the region may be required to find their own travel sponsors.

To apply click here

Copyright, royalties and musical piracy in Mauritius

Admittedly a very difficult issue, copyrighting has plagued Mauritian artists for decades. This text discusses recent developments as it concerns Mauritian authorities and the country’s artists.

It has been an issue of debate for the Department of Arts and Culture, which has under its supervision the Mauritian copyrights agency.

Added to this is the complication of music piracy, which is an ever-growing problem. During the festive period, artists fear that their works will be pirated and sold at half the price (RS 100, approximately 3 USD) or even less. Read More

To counter the effect of piracy, in December 2015, artists decided to take matters in their hands. The altercation between top Mauritian artists, street vendors and the police made headlines.

Between arrests, court appearances and allegations of police brutality, artists called for a better management of royalties and stricter control over counterfeiting and piracy. This led to the reform of the Copyright Act.

Copyright Act amendment

After several public claims and a peaceful march at the beginning of 2016 in Port Louis, the capital, where politicians of all stripes joined the artists, there was hope to an amendment of the Copyright Act. It was no longer a claim but a demand to revise the legislation to protect the artists’ works against piracy.

October 2016 brought good news. An action committee was established consisting of representatives of various agencies: the Department of Arts and Culture and the Mauritius Revenue Authority who would lay the groundwork for amendments to the Copyright Act. This work was carried out with the collaboration of an expert from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The legislation would include the penalties for buyers of pirated copies, not punishable before.

However, the major change would be the reintroduction of seven artists (instead of three elected members) within the board of the Rights Management Society: a company that manages the rights of authors in Mauritius and which operates under the aegis of the Department of Arts and Culture.

The new fee schedule for the use of music for commercial purposes forcing any user concerned to honour the costs involved is being revised at the State Law Office in Mauritius.

The Mauritius Society of Authors, challenged for interference of a political nature, was replaced and renamed the Rights Management Society. In theory, the measures which have been set out by the action committee aimed at reassuring artists.

New momentum

Pending the adoption of the act, the authors say they do not understand how and why the Council of Ministers set the date of payment of royalties for the year 2016.

‘The Council of Ministers has nothing to do with the rights of authors’, chanted producers and authors.

In 2016, the Mauritius Rights Management Society paid nearly Rs 23 million (nearly USD 650,000) in royalties.

The first installment was paid in April 2016, but several artists, grouped under the name of Kolektif Artis Morisien, expressed their disappointment to the press in the presence of their lawyer, Me Rama Valayden.

They suggested that this amount did not correspond to the number of broadcasts on private and public radio stations, in hotels and restaurants, and aboard the national airline.

The second instalment was expected in December 2016. The Mauritius Rights Management Society avoided the subject and the political interference was not well received.

The question as to why the payment for copyrights has landed at the Council of Ministers while the issue is the Mauritius Rights Management Society’s remains.

Now that the amendments to the Copyright Act have been finalized and the Mauritius Rights Management Society is expected to function properly, singers, musicians and producers expect that piracy will be a thing of the past.

Meanwhile, a new form of piracy is taking place online. 

Sauti Sol's Savara Mudigi announces new initiative to empower young women

After undergoing a life-changing period this year, Sauti Sol band member Savara Mudigi announced his imprint community initiative dubbed SaWA (Savara Women’s Advancement Program) to celebrate his 30th birthday.

SaWA aims to create a fun, engaging and impact learning environment for ladies between 18 – 25 years. Its mission is to inspire and empower women to reach their full potential, using their own resources like time, skills and talent. SaWA will enable them to positively improve their economic status and well being. Read More

SaWA will roll out a series of community events and projects in the coming weeks including a football tournament, Sauti Sol’s first mega concert in Eastlands and the launch of a training and mentorship program for young ladies.

“As I turn 30 this year, I want to give back to my family and fans from Eastlands, where I was born and raised. Every time I am back home, I interact with young people and they have always expressed their desire to engage in fun activities like sports and attending a Sauti Sol concert—that’s how my idea of doing activities that engage and empower the community came about.”

According to the artist the football tournament, concert and the ladies training program will bring my fans together not only on a fun level, but also on a development level.

The SaWA Community Football Tournament will be held at Camp Toyoyo Jericho from 9 a.m. The tournament is a 5-a-side set up with a total of 20 teams of 5 players above the age of 18. Every team will consist of at least two women and will be competing for amazing prizes. It will also be the first time in months that Savara is playing football following his recovery from his leg surgery.

After the tournament, there will be an after party hosting Sauti Sol’s first concert in Eastlands at Buru Buru’s At Point Mall. Top DJs: ZJ Heno and Muzikal Sheriff will also be performing at event the and will be joined by celebrated MC Philipo.

The culmination of SaWA will be the pilot phase of a community ladies’ training and mentorship program that will recruit 50 ladies between 18-25 years from the Nairobi Eastlands area.

“My mission with this program is to inspire young ladies to dream big and reach for the stars. They sometimes don’t get mentors who they can relate to, so this program will present them with a select list of young and innovative inspiring women who will train and mentor them on life, work and business,” says Savara.

SaWA tour schedule

o SaWA Football Tournament (17th – 18th June 2017) in Camp Toyoyo, Jericho
o SaWA Concert (18th June 2017) at The Point Mall, Buruburu
o SaWA Training & Mentorship Program: 8th July 2017 – 4th November 2017 8 full-day seminars. 



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.








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12:00 am
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FEES: Cost (KES) per Stand (3m x 3m), for all four (4) days (VAT inclusive):



1 STAND:   KES 22,000/-
2 STANDS: KES 41,800/-
3 STANDS: KES 61,000/-
4 STANDS: KES 79,200/-

FROM 22,000


1 STAND:   KES 24,400/-
2 STANDS: KES 46,400/-
3 STANDS: KES 67,700/-
4 STANDS: KES 87,800/-

FROM 24,000


1 STAND:   KES 26,700/-
2 STANDS: KES 50,700/-
3 STANDS: KES 74,100/-
4 STANDS: KES 96,100/-

FROM 26,000


  • ONGEA! The 2017 Eastern Africa Music Summit
    Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th February
    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.

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