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.
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 will be performing at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge on 18th October 2018 at the Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi.