In 2014, Tetu Shani, a self-taught percussionist and guitarist, got accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music. However, he turned it down favouring instead to be a part of the musical renaissance that was unraveling in Nairobi as well as cultivate traction for his music within the local scene. This thirst to walk the un-trodden path and chart novel pastures for alternative Kenyan music is what has set him apart from his peers.
It is thus comes as no surprise that he is the pioneer of the Chakuti sound. A genre which he defines as being a blend of American Folk, captivating Chakacha, sounds from the Coast of Kenya, as well as the inclusive blend of the staccato Isikuti rhythms from Western Kenya. His music has been described as Mood Music living to the creed of, “For every sliver on the spectrum of emotion, there is a song.” In 2015, he was the recipient of a bronze medal in the Global Music Awards for his single, Round and Round.
Tetu, having grown up as the son of a Kenyan diplomat, has had the opportunity to travel far and wide. The experiences he garnered in his interactions with a myriad of rich cultures in countries such as Zambia, Mauritania, Senegal, Canada and the USA, are boldly reflected in a beautiful manner in his music. It is for this reason that he calls himself an “African Troubadour,” referencing the musician/poets of Europe who would roam while singing songs about love and life.
Tetu Shani, the African Troubadour, brings to JERU The Album this convergence of collective cultural experiences. In the recording of the song Where Is My Lover, Shani utilized unique traditional instruments such as the Kubing, fusing them with folk rhythms from a modern acoustic guitar. Its evident to hear in this record, his new found sound enmeshed with Equatorial House.
released December 1, 2016
Produced by Saint Evo
Vocals & Lyrics by Tetu Shani & Saint Evo
Mastered by Njenga Giggz of Xtrim Records
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