Tabu Osusa

Bio

William Osusa (better known as Tabu Osusa) is the author of Shades of Benga: The Story of Popular Music in Kenya and founding executive director of Ketebul Music. Osusa has been actively involved in the arts and culture sector for more than 35 year and is a recognisable name in the East African music industry as a songwriter, recording artist, band manager, author and documentary film and music producer.

As the executive director of Ketebul Music, he has shaped the careers of musicians and run some of the top recording and performing bands in East Africa such as Les Kinois in the mid-1970s, Orchestra Virunga in the early 1980s and Nairobi City Ensemble in 2000s.

Osusa is a founding member of Equation Musique, a programme initiated in 2008 by the Franch Institute to support and bring together music professionals from the Southern Hemisphere.

He is also the East African representative for Kenya and a member of the consultative committee for Visa for Music, a platform that offers opportunities for artists and professionals in the music industry in Africa and the Middle East to showcase their accomplishments.

In 2006, Osusa was appointed creative producer and consultant for Muziki wa Kenya, a series of concerts supported by Goethe-Institut aimed at showcasing indigenous Kenyan music.

In 2008, Osusa was appointed project coordinator of Retracing Series, a three-part documentary that captures the historical events that helped define East African music.

In 2009, Osusa represented East Africa on the selection panel of the proposed Centre for Black Music during the selection process held in Paris, France. As of 2011, Osusa has been the project coordinator for Singing Wells, a partnership between Ketebul Music and the Abubilla Music Foundation (UK).

In 2014, Osusa and his Ketebul Music team were appointed by the Smithsonian Institute, in conjunction with the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, to lead and curate the music that was showcased at the Kenyan stand at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival held in Washington, DC.

Videos

Julius Itenya ft Fadhilee - Influences ' Mukangala'
Bungoma Roots Band - 'Nasenya'
Bungoma Roots Band - 'Namusia'
Bungoma Roots Band - 'Nambacha'
Bungoma Roots Band - 'Chapa Llale'
Bungoma Roots Band - 'Alandire Mwitala'
Wilbert Wanyama & Fadhilee - Influences 'Ndirenje'
Wilbert Wanyama Magic Moment 'Ndirenje'
Wilbert Wanyama Magic Moment 'Nisiri Mulamu'
Super Phoenix Band with Julius Itenya 'Shapeless'
Super Phoenix Band with Julius Itenya 'Mukangala'
Super Phoenix Band with Julius Itenya 'Modesta'
Super Phoenix Band with Julius Itenya 'Imbalekha'
Super Phoenix Band with Julius Itenya - 'Alusiola'
Super Phoenix Band with Julius Itenya - 'Achitsa'
Fadhilee ft Julius Itenya - 'We don't know'
Fadhilee ft Julius Itenya - 'We don't know' 2
Dot Com Isikuti - Olomukowa
Dot Com Isikuti - Olumbe Nolwibi
Dot Com Isikuti - Omukhana
Dot Com Isikuti - Raha Haina Mwisho
Dot Com Isikuti ft Fadhilee - Influences Omukoye Khwanje
Mumias United - Magic Moment 1
Mumias United - 'Asie Ndirenje'
Mumias United - 'Atako'
Mumias United - 'Imbira'
Mumias United - 'Isuna'
Mumias United - 'Khamete'
Mumias United - Magic Moment 2
Mumias United - 'Milembe'
Mumias United - 'Minayo'
Mumias United - 'Shikumba Shingokho'
Mumias United & Fadhilee - Influences
Fanuel Amimo - 'Rosa Nokhwebwe'
Fanuel Amimo - 'Safari ya Magadi'
Fanuel Amimo - 'Ndeshere Omwana'
Fanuel Amimo - 'Mwana Yenyanga Nyina'
Fanuel Amimo - 'Harusi ya Leah'
Johnston Mukabi - 'Kunya Kidogo'
Johnston Mukabi - 'Kweli Ndugu'
Johnston Mukabi & Fadhilee - 'Kweli Nduge' Influences
Johnston Mukabi - 'Mtoto Si Nguo'
Johnston Mukabi - 'Sengula Nakupenda'
Johnston Mukabi - 'Watu Wanasema Uwongo'
Samuel Namatete - 'Kuzuia Ni Bora'
Samuel Namatete - 'Malaria Inaua'
Samuel Namatete - 'Ukimwi'
Samuel Namatete - 'Endika Yanje'
Samuel Namatete - 'Raha'
Samuel Namatete - 'Oche Kombe'
Samuel Namatete & Fadhilee - 'Oche Kombe'
Samuel Namatete & Fadhilee - 'Oche Kombe '
Samuel Namatete's band - Magic Moment Percussion
Pius Wafula - 'Walunywa'
Pius Wafula - 'Aburende'
Pius Wafula - 'Omuinda'
Pius Wafula - 'Liloba'
Pius Wafula - 'Ekombe'
Shem Tube - 'Agneta Mama'
Shem Tube - 'Grace Mpenzi'
Shem Tube - 'Mary Ondiso'
Shem Tube - 'Mrembo Sofa'
Shem Tube & Fadhilee - Influences 'Grace Mpenzi'
Peter Akwabi - 'Uchukuzi was Sasa'
Peter Akwabi - 'Vipusa Shuleni'
Peter Akwabi & Fadhilee - 'Tabu za Resafu'
Peter Akwabi - 'Lusafina'
Peter Akwabi - 'Maisha ya Mjini'
Peter Akwabi - 'Tabu za Resafu'
Ekhunjwe Musical Group - 'Abasamia Bobulala'
Ekhunjwe Musical Group - 'Adeya Omukosi'
Ekhunjwe Musical Group - 'Ang'ina Ng'ina'
Ekhunjwe Musical Group - 'Lole Khuvikwada'
Ekhunjwe Musical Group - Magic Moment
Ekhunjwe Musical Group - 'Mbere Ninywa Busaa'
Ekhunjwe Musical Group - 'Omwicha Ni Khupara'
Ekhunjwe Musical Group - 'Ouma Yamala Okhucha Emagombe'
Ekhunjwe Musical Group - 'Samia Yefwe'
Ekhunjwe Musical Group - 'Sangasa Mubiri Kwinyende'
Ekhunjwe Musical Group - 'Yalekha Abalere Balera'
South Teso Jazz - 'Atiakatiaka Kitiso'
South Teso Jazz - 'Akidai Imojong'
Shitakha & Balozi Band 'Mukhana Malabu'
Shitakha & Balozi Band 'Balina Banje Ndilanga'
Shitakha & Balozi Band ft Fadhilee Influencers 'Rosie'
Shitakha & Balozi Band 'Isimbi Ilalila'
Shitakha & Balozi Band 'Mama Mulai'
Shitakha & Balozi Band 'Rosie'
Imachina Magic Moment
Imachina 'Mayo'
Imachina 'Shiselelo'
Imachina 'Shishebo'
Matende Isikuti 'Shiselelo'
Matende Isikuti 'Shishebo'
Matende Isikuti 'Tsimbavasi Tsya Mama + Lwa Mwikhulu'
Matende Isikuti 'Woyo' Multicam Clip
Matende Isikuti Magic Moment featuring Kahithe
Matende Isikuti 'Vula Mombo'
Imachina 'Shirembe'
The Entenga drums and the Akadinda xylopohone

Photos

KENairobi, Kenya
In operation since: 
1983

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