A trio of musicians from different regions of Africa joined me in VOA’s Studio 4 here in Washington for some good conversation and music. The artists (from left to right) are Nigerian Kayode Kuti on bass and vocals, Kenyan Kato Change (pronounced CHAN-GAY) on guitar, and Mozambican Helio Vanimal on vocals and body percussion. They are 3 of 32 fellows from around the world who won their spots in the competitive 1Beat program.
I was able to snatch them up for an interview just hours before their dress rehearsal. Watch the full interview to meet each artist, hear their original music, and discover what the sponsoring program 1Beat is all about.
The following night, I went to their concert at a local venue called Busboys and Poets. It was crowded and bustling with excitement. Only Kayode and Helio performed that night, and they played with other 1Beat fellows from different countries in musical styles ranging from Afrojazz to hip hop. For more music by these artists, check out Koyade Kuti’s original Afrobeat tune Na Me Sabi (Olodorabata) on SoundCloud, or check him out on his Myspace page. You can find out what Helio Vanimal is up to in Mozambique by visiting his website, Positivo Mocambique and SoundCloud. Kato Change’s music can be found on YouTube.
Below are the music audio files of Kato, Helio, and Kayode’s live performance from Studio 4.
- After a few days in Washington, 1Beat continued on with their tour up the East Coast with New York City as their final destination.