3rd October 2023

DebeDebe starts and ends the SampleBar-project Kenya.

This post will tell you a little about DebeDebe one of 3 legs without whom there would be no SampleBar Kenya. DebeDebe, is a community-based organization, formed in 2012 by 4 great percussionists from Nairobi: Zahir Nathoo, Izow Anyanga, Charlo Tea and Mbutch Mjingoma.  Debedebe works to protect and promote the art of live African […]


Leaving Hola town and following the Tana river south/east. Heading for Malindi and another recording day. This is especially fun for us since we get to meet friends from the first project. Mijikenda. This time we will not head out to a remote village, instead we have rented a studio in the town. It was […]

Recordings at Tana River

We leave Nairobi in rush hour traffic, which means we don’t actually leave Nairobi for a couple of hours. But the road is long and we don’t feel particularly down about it. Being in traffic like this, in this city, is an adventure in itself. The first stop is a bit strange. Njama Choma is […]

Landed and settled in Nairobi for no rest.

First meeting the same day as we landed was with the carpenter in one of the suburbs of Nairobi. DIxon started building a table. There was a lot to discuss but we are on the roll for eight tables, even if the future will hold some changes. After the meeting at the carpenter, we set […]

The whole team travel south

Early in the morning on february 8th, 2023 the whole team leaves from  Libido Music’s Office, Stockholm with a portable SampleBar and lots of enthusiasm for the first trip together as a team. Visiting Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi  but also to look at other new projects that are in the loop. The first stop is […]

What is a recce tour?

I asked Daniel “Mbutch” Muhuni, responsible for the sound being recorded in the best way possible, so that it is easier for the team in Stockhom to run and sample it in the Samplebar. This is his answer: Hi, Recce Tour is the Planning and preparations  of the main field trip recording. The planning is […]

Bomas of Kenya visits Stockholm

In the midst of April, when the weather in Sweden transitions between winter and summer, we were lucky enough to have some pleasant spring weather in Stockholm. Though winter’s snow may have appealed to Njoroge, we were all happy to enjoy the sunshine. Kaithe Kiiru and Njoroge Kamau visited us at Libido Music, and we […]