Kenya's exciting diversity
Stefan Schneider visited the Goethe-Institut Kenya in October 2015 to do some initial research into the music archive that was left behind in Nairobi by the German label Polygram. The different tapes that are stored there are from the 1960s to 1980s and were mostly produced in local sound studios. The majority of this diverse music has fallen into oblivion today and is not accessible.
In Kenya I was surprised by,
... in Siaya and Malindi I had the opportunity on a couple of occasions to record traditional folklore in very remote villages. This illustrated the diversity of music cultures in the various Kenyan regions. The same is true for the languages, food, religion and attire. One cannot speak of one Kenyan culture.
In Nairobi I was reminded of Düsseldorf by,
… the cloudy sky and the traffic. Apart from that it is a very big city and not so much different from other metropolises.
A particular beautiful experience during my visit was,
… the trips with Sven Kaciek that led us to the countryside. If one only sees Nairobi, one has not really seen Kenya.
My favorite dish in Kenya is,
... unfortunately the Kenyan cuisine is not as versatile as I had hoped. Greens and rice you can get everywhere as well as tasty fruit juices.
My motto of life is,
.... the Rhenish “et kütt wie et kütt” (one has to take things as they are) has proven to be very practical also in Kenya.
Stefan Schneider lives in Düsseldorf. He studied photography at the College of higher education in Krefeld and later did his master in photography at the Academy of arts in Düsseldorf. From 1994 onwards he turned towards electronical music. He is a founder member of Kreidler (1994 -99), to rococo rot (1995 – 2014) and worked with Joachim Roedelius (Cluster, Harmonia), Sven Kacirek, Bill Wells, Arto Lindsay, Alexander Balanescu, Lydia Lunch, Klaus Dinger (Kraftwerk, Neu!), St.Etienne, Hauschka and The Pastels among others. He had concerts in Europe, USA, Japan, China, Australia, Malaysia, Kenya, Algeria and Siberia.