MOTRAMUSIC is an all female percussion group based in Nairobi Kenya. Co-founded by Kasiva, MOTRAMUSIC works around re-defining percussion and its role in music and community. The unit includes girls aged 15-35, who have an interest in drumming. Under mentorship, they learn rhythm from intermediate to advanced level sessions and how to apply percussion in different genres of music. MOTRAMUSIC has transcended into a sisterhood rather than a percussion unit and these women use the skills and lessons learnt in their 1 yr of mentorship in their day to day lives, whether in music or not. MOTRAMUSIC stemming from “Modern & TRAditional” rhythms has performed in a number of festivals locally regionally and continues to do private and public performances locally.Listen to MOTRAMUSIC here.
The Nile Project is an initiative to inspire a more integrated approach to solve the water challenges in the Nile Basin. It brings together musicians from the 11 countries along the Nile basin to collaborate and use this music to inspire other ways of cooperating to solve the water conflict issues along the Nile. Kasiva has been a part of the collective since 2013, and has been on 6 tours in Africa, US and Europe, performing more than 140 shows in total. It has been an integral part of her percussion life, and now she infuses skills learnt during this time in her works.Listen to The Nile Project here.
Vibe na Queen is a virtual giving program and series of conversations and musical collaborations aimed at uniting Kenyan women in music. It was conceived during the Covid-19 pandemic and serves as a platform for female musicians to tell their stories and discuss matters pertaining to women in music all in a casual setting.
It gives the musicians an opportunity to re-experience their music in an acoustic setting that is a jam session on Instagram Live with real time interaction from a virtual audience.
OneBeat brings together emerging musical leaders from around the world to collaboratively create original work and to develop a global network of civically engaged music initiatives. OneBeat brings musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to the U.S. for one month each fall to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement.
Coke Studio Africa is a non-competitive music collaboration show, which seeks to bring together, and celebrate the diversity of African music and talent. It also gives upcoming artists the opportunity to work with some of the best local and international music and production talent. Kasiva was part of the house band for Coke Studio Africa for 2 seasons Watch an episode of Coke Studio Africa here.
Bringing together six jazz luminaries from the United Kingdom, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Kenya, the band is the culmination of a jazz residency. Curated and headed by 2016 Standard Bank Jazz Artist and trombonist Siya Makuzeni, the band’s experimental musical style meshes African rhythms with traditional jazz elements. Watch X-Jazz Women live, here.
(c) Kasiva Mutua , 2022