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.

Call for Participation: The Music Action Lab

The Music Action Lab is an innovative, scholarship-based music residency uniting musicians from across the globe to create social impact through music.

The residency held in San Francisco with performances in Mexico awards up to ten talented musicians with all tuition, including living, food and travel expenses to advance their artistry. Read More

Scheduled to kick off on 20 September 2017, the residency integrate a dynamic, hands-on curriculum in social innovation and leadership development while creating a collaborative platform for experimentation, creativity and innovation.

The one Month of Nonstop Musical and Social Innovation includes 60 hours of Rehearsal with leading professional artists; 40 hours of training with social impact experts. Workshops with under served schools, hospitals and prisons. Concerts in the US and Mexico.

Who Should Apply

You are a talented musician with an idea, passion, or track record of using music to better a community. Curious, open and collaborative. Aware of the community problem you want to solve using music as an agent in the solution. Applicants need to be between the ages of 24 and 39 and not associated with an organization.

The applications are ongoing and interested individuals have until 30th June.  To apply click here

UG: Artists Seek Huge Pay for Copyright

By Ali Twaha

Officials from the Uganda Registration Services Bureau recently presented a final draft to cabinet on the national intellectual property (IP) policy. As cabinet plans to discuss it, players spot some gaps that might impede the much-desired change in the industry. At a time when most companies are leveraging the power of technology and innovations, the theft and infringement of intellectual property (IP) has finally become an issue that government wants to aggressively tackle.Read More

After several consultations, URSB, an institution mandated to register copyright and other related IP rights, have submitted to cabinet a new national IP policy that aims at mitigating some of the concerns, especially in areas of research, arts and technology to stimulate growth.

Abubaker Muhammad Moki, the commissioner, policy development, at the Office of the President, confirmed that cabinet is only waiting for the policy assessment report by their team to examine its likely impact on the industry. The IP policy seeks to empower local entrepreneurs on their innovations.

In Uganda today, there are low levels of IP awareness, particularly in the in- formal sector. Information from URSB indicates that about eight patents were granted in 2015 compared to 207 granted by Kenya in the same period. Despite the low numbers, officials say the figure does not reflect the rate at which new innovations are being churned out, and the research being undertaken.

“For any country to develop, it no longer depends on the traditional factors. Most of the universities do not know that it is important to register an innovation,” Bemanya Twebaze, the registrar general at URSB, said.

Unresolved Issues

Local artists and innovators have had a series of court battles with companies over the infringement on copyright and patents. The constitution does not explicitly provide for the protection of IP.

For years, players in the arts industry have been pushing government to develop an intellectual property policy. One of their main reasons was that the status of copyright in Uganda does not cater for their economic and moral rights.

As such, the new policy recognizes that the level of commercialization of literary work, audio-visual [for example music and films], visual and creative arts through copyright and related IP assets is disproportionately low.

The policy does not provide for clear guidelines on how artists can earn from the emerging online market. Information from UCC shows that at least 16 million Ugandans are now using the internet for entertainment, business and leisure purposes.

The low recognition of importance of creative and cultural industries, high levels of piracy, weak enforcement of copyright legislation, among others, are some of the key challenges that the industry faces.

Additionally, artists have contested their industry being under the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development. According to Sylver Kyagulanyi, a music writer, many artists look at music as a business, and not as a cultural aspect.

“When people infringe on copyright, they don’t feel like they are stealing. So, if we have a policy that is clearly identifying this as property, it would bring growth… we have to look at it as something tradable and as a business, away from the traditional approach,” Kyagulanyi said.

He adds that with music under that ministry, government has failed to make creative arts a commercially viable venture. As a result, he says, many get into the industry and quickly abandon it after a short while.

“The problem with the copyright act is basically administration. When we look at Kenya, three quarters of their [copyright] law is basically about the Kenya copyright board. The board will clearly elaborate on how the structure of management and ad- ministration of copyright should be,” Kyagulayi says.

The aspect of administration of copyright remains a big challenge. Artists have tried to push government to develop a national copyright commission that should be mandated to look at copyright issues and promote growth of the industry.

“When you look at our law, that part [administration] is entirely missing,” Kyagulanyi says.

There has been a general lack of coordination among established organisations such as Uganda Performing Rights Society (UPRS) and Uganda Federation of Movie Industry (UFMI), among others, on how copyright issues and piracy should be handled.

Court Cases

In 2015, Angella Katatumba, another musician, sued the Anti-Corruption Coalition of Uganda (ACCU) over copyright infringement on an advertisement jingle. In the final judgment, court held that the use of Katatumba’s song in an advertisement in relation to a campaign for forest conservation did not fall within the fair use exception and amounted to infringement.

In the final verdict, court documents show that ACCU was ordered to pay aggravated damages of Shs 30m for acting in flagrant disregard of Katatumba’s rights for its own benefit. What this case highlighted is that even if a copyrighted product is not to be used for commercial purposes, seeking consent is very crucial.

On April, 27, 2017, the Commercial court started hearing a case between MTN Uganda and Maurice Kirya after the telecom firm offered some of Kirya’s songs to its subscribers as callback tunes. Although the case is still ongoing, sources close to Kirya said the telecom giant is seeking for an out-of-court settlement.

On patents, Daniel Byamugisha, an innovator of EDAD e-Payment Limited, also dragged Bank of Uganda and MTN Uganda to court, claiming infringement on his patented mobile wallet innovation.

IP Awareness

He told The Observer last year that Mokash, a product of MTN and Commercial Bank of Africa, is similar to his innovation that was running on the MTN system. Mokash enables MTN subscribers to save and get loans by using their mobile phones.

Edgar Tabaro, a business development partner at Karuhanga, Tabaro and Associates, said most of the initiatives being pushed through the policy already exist. He said the policy won’t change much of what is happening in the film and music industry.

“The biggest challenge is that knowledge has not been seen as a commodity or as something trad- able. If that is missing, the knowledge economy cannot take off,” Tabaro said.

“Most of these enforcement mechanisms [on IP infringement and piracy] exist. We have the courts, the laws, everything is available. But the problem is their enforcement and administration.”

“There is urgent need to strengthen the justice, law and order sector for more active participation in enforcement of litigation and regulations, particularly prosecution of IP rights disputes and violations,” the policy reads.

This article was originally published on 7 June in The Observer Newspaper 

KE: Kenyan professor named IMC head

Kenyan Professor Emily Achieng’ Akuno has been elected as the president of International Music Council (IMC), making her the first Kenyan and second African to hold the position after Lupwishi Mbuyamba of Zaire, who held the position from 1988 to 1991. Akuno is a professor of music at the Technical University of Kenya and was recently appointed as deputy vice-chancellor, academic affairs at the Co-operative University of Kenya by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology, Dr Fred Matiangi.Read More

She holds a doctor of philosophy degree from Kingston University in the UK, a masters in music from the Northwestern State University in the US and a bachelor of education (Arts) from Kenyatta University in Kenya.

Akuno is widely published with more than 40 academic works in journals, books and conference proceedings. She has actively been involved in music education in Kenya with more than 30 years experience in administration.

Akuno has also taught postgraduate and undergraduate courses in musicology, performance and music education in various East African universities. At the same time she has engaged in the creation of many music curricula for universities and middle-level colleges across the continent.

She is currently a member of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and sits on the steering committee of the International Network for Research in Arts Education (INRAE). She previously served as IMC treasurer before her appointment. 



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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Blankets & Wine @ NGONG RACECOURSE GROUNDS | Nairobi | Nairobi | Kenya
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12:00 am
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12:00 am
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12:00 am
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12:00 am
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12:00 am
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12:00 am
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12:00 am
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11:52 am
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Zandari Festa @ Hongdae
Sep 29 – Oct 1 all-day
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12:00 am
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Sep 30 – Oct 2 all-day
Lake of Stars Malawi Arts Festival @ Chintheche Inn | Chintheche | Northern Region | Malawi
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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/-

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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
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    Westlands, Nairobi - KENYA

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