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Tantalizers sessions

Shining a spotlight on African R&B.

This autumn, COLORS and Spotify joined forces in Nairobi to shine a spotlight on the rich Kenyan music scene and some of its most inspiring voices.

R&B’s popularity continues to surge across Africa, with a new generation of artists crafting smooth melodies, emotionally charged lyrics, and soulful storytelling that continues to resonate strongly with a global audience.

The Kenyan capital city of Nairobi is fast emerging as a hub for some of the most exciting original voices emerging from across East Africa, and so in celebration of this, COLORS and Spotify brought together 18 musicians, songwriters and producers from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Botswana, Burundi and the diaspora for a multi-day songwriting camp alongside a series of masterclasses and events, providing a platform for these artists to connect and collaborate.

In this exclusive podcast mini-series, host Patricia Kihoro speaks with some of the COLORS alumni who participated in the Tantalizers Sessions writing camp to gain insights into the unique facets of Kenya’s musical landscape, the opportunities and challenges faced by emerging artists, and what they took away from their experiences during the project.

Of course, we also found time to record a special series of A COLORS SHOW performances, produced in collaboration with Spotify

Stay tuned to COLORS at 6pm CET every Monday to catch the premiere of each new episode, alongside in-depth interviews with each artist to dive deeper into their influences and creative processes, as well as portraits, behind-the-scenes content and much more.


Kenyan singer-songwriter Zowie Kengocha returns to Nairobi from her adopted New Jersey home to perform an A COLORS SHOW of her new track ‘project’.


Our penultimate artist, the Kenyan R&B singer-songwriter Maya Amolo, takes to the COLORS stage to share 'Where Ya Been'.


Kenyan star Bien-Aime Baraza steps up to the COLORS stage with a rendition of his new track ‘True Love’.


First up, Kenyan singer-songwriter and producer Lisa Oduor-Noah kicks off Spotify Africa and COLORS’ collaboration with an uplifting performance of her new single ‘For Keeps’.


Nairobi-based singer-songwriter Karun Mungai brings her soulful sounds to COLORS with a performance of her track ‘Only You’.


Up next is Nairobi-born-and-raised artist Xenia Manasseh with a rendition of her track ‘Wild Ride’.

Enjoying listening to the music in this series? Discover more of the smoothest African R&B in the Tantalizers playlist, only on Spotify.

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