A Self-taught percussionist and guitarist, Tetu Shani got accepted in 2014 to the prestigious Berklee College of Music with a scholarship to study Performance. He, however, turned it down desiring to be a part of the musical renaissance happening in Nairobi and to help build up the local music scene.
He picked up a guitar that same year, writing his first song at the relatively late age of 28. In the next five years, he had won a silver medal at the Global Music Awards, opened for Grammy winner Joss Stone and been featured on CNN African Voices as one of the trendsetters on the African continent.
He describes his sound as Afro Pop-Rock, which is a blend of indie rock, Afro-pop and folk music from Kenya and has become a performing artist known for his versatility, storytelling and dynamic range leading to live performances in Nairobi, Ethiopia, and Uganda as well as a tour in Zanzibar.
The Kenyan singer Tetu Shani has won big at the March 2017 Global Music Awards with his fifth studio single “Samalina” produced by Saint Evo. The song recently released and featured here has won the silver medal for outstanding achievement in the category of New Release, this making him the only African to win out of all of the silver medalists.
The Global Music Awards is a top-tier music talent competition for artists around the world with past winners including the Grammy-award winning blues rock band Alabama Shakes and Grammy winning banjo player and artist Bela Fleck.
Sondeka Creative Awards is a way of acknowledging the successes within the creative community. Being a hub that attracts and welcomes creatives from various disciplines, Sondeka has appreciated the growth of the underdogs and have taken it upon ourselves to recognize these highly talented members of the creative community.
Sondeka Creative Awards is our way of acknowledging the successes within the creative community. Being a hub that attracts and welcomes creatives from various disciplines, we have appreciated the growth of the underdogs and have taken it upon ourselves to recognize these highly talented members of the creative community.