Kato Change

A charismatic performer with inimitable improv chops, Kato Change flirts with virtuosity. Hailing from Kenya, the guitarist’s beaming onstage persona is paired with a nimble command of his instrument

Biography.

Kato continually draws from a heritage of jazz legends as well as African, Flamenco, rhythm and blues and rock genres, creating sounds that are both familiar and utterly singular.

Self-taught, Kato’s curiosity in guitar was nurtured by an emerging online community of musicians on YouTube. Foundation to his ornate, self‐directed style is a universal musical pulse, energized by the continuous feedback loops that link artists across the globe.

In 2012, Kato was selected to be one of thirty two musicians selected worldwide to be part of the One beat program, a residency and tour that brings together musical leaders from around the world to create original work and develop a global network of civilly engaged music initiatives.

He has played as the Lead guitarist in Tusker project fame season 6 and as the rhythm and lead guitarist in all 3 seasons of Coke Studio Africa.

He has played and recorded with many of the greats including Neyo, Salif Keita, Seun Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Fally Ipupa, Ice Prince, 2face idibia, Dave Douglas and Omar lye fook.

In his live videos, one can observe his leadership and generous collaborative spirit. A much sought-­‐after player, Kato strums regularly alongside his jazz ensemble, The Change Experience, Aaron Rimbui Quintet and several other groups in Nairobi.

Music

Take a sometime and enjoy some of my compositions and collabs here. Just click the Buttons and Enjoy!

Music

Sample some of my sweet vibes.

Videos

Check out some of my Video projects.

Duka

Visit our Online store and take your pick.

Projects

Some of my latest projects. My version of the circle of Life. Giving back to the community.

Music Culture foundation

As an official teachable subject, music was cut from Kenyan public schools over 5 years ago. The Music Culture Foundation (MCF) together with The Change Experience and several other dedicated artists worked on a 3 month initial project to reintroduce music as part of the National Curriculum, and reach out to students that wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to learn and Experience an instrument.

Coke Studio

A collaborative effort between artists from the East, West and South, Coke Studio Africa has been a medley of beautiful melodies and pulsating beats. Kato has played on all 3 seasons, as rhythm and lead guitar, using his versatility to advantage.

Lets work together

I’m always happy and excited to discuss new projects. If you need help on your projects or feel like you need something fresh. Let me know.

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