Kato Change (Kenya) is a self-taught guitarist whose technique was nurtured by an emerging online community of musicians on YouTube. His self-directed style draws from a heritage of African music as well as Blues and Jazz. In 2012, Kato was a Fellow in the U.S Department of State’s One beat program. In December 2015, Kato released his debut album, ‘The Change experience’; a collaborative journey, with each artist sharing a unique perspective on creating music. In September 2016, he was one of fifteen musicians, composers and performers from around the globe to come together at OMI, a unique collaborative music making residency program in New York. In January 2017, he was selected as one of 6 creative individuals from all
nations, working in all disciplines, in order to promote increased intercultural understanding and global interconnectedness at Sacatar in Brazil. In 2018, he played on Brazilian Singer, Luedji Luna’s album and went on to do a sold out tour of the country. In 2019, He was one of the headline acts at the Safaricom International Jazz Festival, sharing the stage with Dianne Reeves and Marcus Miller. He has been the Lead guitarist in African projects; Tusker Project Fame and Coke Studio Africa. He has played and recorded with Salif Keita, Seun Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Neyo, Trey Songz, Aloe Blacc, Yemi Alade, Jason Derulo among others. Kato strums regularly alongside his ensemble and several other groups in Nairobi.
Kato Change’s debut album draws from his experiences as a young artist in Africa, with his sights set on the World. From silky vocals and stellar African instrumentals, thumping rhythms and mellow sounds, each collaborating artist’s perspective shines through as they join him on his musical journey. The album starts out with an acoustic sound, slowly building in vocals and instruments, and as it progresses, aspects of house music are introduced to the steady African rhythms. It concludes by blending in an alternative pieces.