Only Three Keytars In Kenya: Find Out Who Owns Them


In my quest to help in developing the quality of music in this our space, i emphasize on sound-trying to elaborate how a unique sound is part and parcel of a performers identity. The last decade has seen a lot of improvements in our gig and recording industry. Be it Djs, producers, bands or individual musicians, instrumentalists are going out of their way to acquire new machines and gadgets to upgrade their existing sounds.

Kenyan guitarists have been on this front for a while now and that may explain why Blinky Bill (yes, he’s a sick guitarist) is also one of the leading sound-gadget heads in Nairobi.

The drummers got this wind in 2008 when Muthoni The Drummer Queen added a Roland SPD sampler to her setup. Electric and hybrid drumsets are now revolutionizing the sound of live gigs now, thanks to Coke Studio for the revolution.

Finally but not lastly, the keyboardists are also shying away from the motifs and other bulky stationary installations for the keytar.

The Keytar is a slang word that combines the words “keyboard” and “guitar” to refer to the synthesizer designed for shoulder strap like the guitar.

In Kenya, the instrument was first acquired by Benga musician, producer and band leader Chris Adwar before Sauti Sol’s Austin Chimano and James Gogo of Gogosimo got themselves beautiful pieces. Globally, the keytar was first introduced as a contemporary instrument by jazz piano virtuoso Chic Korea with his Elektric band in 1986. It has since been played by a plethora of superstars including Lady Gaga, Mathew Bellamy of the rock band Muse and James Brown

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