Spanish public diplomacy institution Casa Africa in collaboration with the Kenyan Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage is calling on performing soloists and bands to register to audition for the Kenyan leg of the Vis a Vis project. The winning artists will tour Spain in July.
Now in its 11th edition, the project seeks to promote a greater knowledge of African music in Spain and create a space for dialogue, which could result in new programmes to strengthen relations between Spain and Africa.
Each year, two bands from the same country are selected to tour and perform at major festivals in Spain. African countries that have previously participated in the project include Senegal, Cape Verde, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea and Angola.
Vis a Vis Kenya will be implemented by the Permanent Presidential Music Commission of Kenya (PPMC) and the Spanish and Kenyan embassies in both countries.
Once the registration window is closed, the Spanish music producers and programmers will select 12 bands that will audition between 2 and 5 April in Nairobi, Kenya. The location and venue for the performance will be announced at a later stage.
“We look forward to receiving many applications,” Casa Africa head of culture and education Juan Jaime Martinez said. “The Spanish festival bookers will then shortlist the 12 bands that perform at the two-day event in Nairobi,”
PPMC director Donald Otoyo said: “We are delighted about this exchange between Kenya and Spain. The festival directors will come to experience the live music scene and connect with the music business and our hospitality as Kenyans. In return, two of Kenya’s outstanding bands shall have an opportunity to spread Kenyan music in Spain by participating at 10 to 15 festivals.”