Music Recording, Production, and Promotion in Kenya

Ref: 10003033


BSc Music Technology, BSc Audio Recording Technology, BA Creative Music Technology and BA Music Technology and Performance students are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 25 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will accompany the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive 1 academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


This opportunity is designed to give students significant practical experience in music and video recording, production, mastering, and promotion, as well as expanding their cultural horizons by working with musicians from a different musical culture.

The core activity is to work at Main Switch Studios (or similar) in Nairobi, Kenya, recording music for aspiring Kenyan musicians. The music will then be mixed and mastered by audio-focussed subteams, while video-focussed subteams will produce promotional videos with the artists. Students studying music promotion will interact with the DSU to promote the Kenyan artists through social media.

This opportunity will give students practical experience of working in a team during music recording, production, and mastering. In addition, students will learn about the global music industry and promotion of artists through engaging with radio, and social media to promote the Kenyan artists recorded.

Students will take different roles depending on their experience in the different aspects of music creation covered by the activities during this trip. This larger scale practical experience is designed to give students a more wide-ranging understanding of the processes of music creation, promotion, and interacting with the music industry through following the complete process of music creation from recording through promotion to delivery of audio and video products to consumers.

Please note that it’s a condition of participation in this opportunity that all copyrights generated during this trip (music recording, video, etc.) will be gifted to the Kenyan musicians for whom they have been created.

Cultural activities

Whilst in Kenya students will have an opportunity to take part in a range of cultural and ecological activities. These may include a half day safari at Nairobi National Park, the only Safari Park located in a capital city in the world, an appropriate place to give a lasting impression of both conservation and active preservation of endangered wildlife. In addition, the group is likely to visit the Kenya National Theatre, the Ibua Africa Organisation and a range of  museums and art galleries in Nairobi focussing on traditional and contemporary Kenyan history, art, and culture.

Contact details

Travel and accommodation

  • Accommodation and travel  will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Visa information

British passport holders will need a visa to enter Kenya. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. British nationals’ passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry to Kenya. Please also make sure you have two blank pages left in your passport.

For other types of visa, apply at the nearest Kenyan High Commission or Embassy. For more information on different types of visas see the website of the Kenya High Commission.

If you do need a visa, the #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway.

You must ensure that you apply for your visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Tuesday 23 April 2019
  • Return date: Friday 3 May 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £800
  • Students will also be required to pay for: recording studio costs (£55) cultural activities (£75), visa , vaccinations (£100) and food and drink
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 18 February 2019 9am