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Kenyan student Jesse Mugambi wins grant to build nightclub

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 University of Brighton student Jesse Mugambi. (Courtesy)

A University of Brighton student, Jesse Mugambi, was recently awarded a grant to establish a nightclub and music studio in his native Kenya.

Mugambi, who holds a degree in architecture and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sustainable design at the university’s Moulsecoomb campus, has garnered attention for his project.

The innovation, named Studio Can-V, stemmed from Mugambi's undergraduate studies and aims to repurpose decommissioned shipping containers into a mobile sound studio.

This studio will cater to musicians for practice and recording sessions while also serving as an inclusive event space.

According to the Jägermeister website, Mugambi, hailing from Nairobi, Kenya, is set to receive €50,000 (Sh7.6million) for his Studio Can-V project.

"Jesse Mwenda Mugambi from Nairobi, Kenya, will receive 50,000 euros for his idea to build a mobile sound studio from decommissioned shipping containers. The 'Studio Can-V' aims to serve musicians for practice and recording while also functioning as an inclusive event space. He envisions creating a cultural hub for socially disadvantaged groups, promoting sustainability through a circular economy, and making the country’s nightlife accessible to people beyond the capital," as detailed on the Jägermeister website.

Mugambi has expressed his gratitude for the funding, stating his belief in providing opportunities for individuals to explore their musical passions.

"Having faced challenges in pursuing my own passion for music, I'm driven by the belief that there are countless young and old people longing for opportunities to explore their musical itch," said Mugambi.

Mugambi further highlighted the importance of incorporating local designs to foster youth cultural identities and drive positive change through music, dance, and community engagement.

"I aspire to create those spaces where they can really explore their creativity and pursue their musical dreams without constraint," he added.

Mugambi's efforts have been lauded by friends, mentors, and professors at the University of Brighton.

The Studio Can-V project beat more than 300 submissions from 50 countries, securing a joint victory for Mugambi alongside Northern Irish duo Holly Lester and Boyd Sleator. The latter will produce a documentary showcasing the social and cultural impact of the club.

Kai Dechsling, Jägermeister's director of culture, commended both projects saying, “The two projects in Kenya and Northern Ireland address crucial socio-political issues and actively contribute to developing nightlife in a positive direction".

Established in 2020, the Save the Night Fund aims to enhance nightlife scenes globally by supporting innovative projects.

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