StereoFresh: Meet Kenya’s rising beat maker with a twist Joe Mutoriah

Fast-rising Kenyan producer Mutoriah is set to showcase his Maasai Afro House mix on Coke Studio.

Kenyan producer, singer-songwriter and guitarist Joe Mutoriah is one of the new young beat makers popping on the Nairobi’s streets. He just released the audio to his track titled ‘Maasai power trap.’

According to a press release by Anyiko PR, Coke Studio couldn’t help but notice him due to all the mega love he received on social media after uploading one of his very special tracks during the viral music challenge #IMadeKenyaChallenge. Describing his special sound, he says he is all about, “Taking Kenyan traditional music and making something modern.”

From being a bedroom producer to receiving internet adoration, Mutoriah’s big break came when he got that call from Coke Studio Africa. He confessed, “I now have the opportunity to work with the best musicians and producers on Coke Studio Africa! Ohhhh! This is such a dope space to work!”

As a newcomer, Mutoriah, 22, impressed the veterans on the show. Coke Studio Africa’s in-house producer from Zimbabwe Young DLC, 22, was intrigued by Mutoriah’s musical methods and inspirations and wanted to learn from the upstart.

During the recording of the song, the two combined their dance music concoction featuring a Maasai sample. The song also infused the vocals of one of Mutoriah’s friends Wendy Kemunto – the Coke Studio Africa backing singer who now gets to feature on the show as one of the main acts. Speaking on the choice of production, Mutoriah said, “I went with Maasai as it is one of the most popular cultures in Kenya, and I think we haven’t invested in our roots enough.”

Mutoriah proved he is a production star on the rise on this season of Coke Studio Africa, his afro house tribal EDM vibes are sure to get everyone jumping. He concludes, “When people hear the song I want them to feel good vibes, be uplifted and inspired!”

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