Brighton student awarded £39k to build nightclub in Kenya

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University student, Jesse Mugambi has been announced as one of two winners of Jägermeister’s Save The Night competition — granting him €50,000 (£32,000) to build a nightclub and music studio in Kenya.

Brighton University first published the news on February 28, detailing Mugami’s journey from architecture graduate to sustainable master’s student — having developed his winning idea whilst studying for his undergraduate degree.

Titled “Studio Can-V”, the project takes the form of a music studio and nightclub in Nairobi, aiming to provide a versatile space for artists to record and host events.

The Kenyan capital has been described as having a vibrant nightlife with an “exploding electronic music scene“.

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Studio Can-V beat over 300 submissions from 50 countries and is now set to be built by local artisans out of shipping containers and other renewable materials.

Music Africa reports that the student and aspiring DJ “envisions a cultural hub for socially disadvantaged groups”.

“Studio Can-V promotes inclusivity by foregrounding the voices of young DJs from various communities and backgrounds, who represent the future of an equal society,” said the Kenyan winner.

Mugami was a joint recipient of the €1000 00 prize fund, alongside Northern Irish duo Holly Lester and Boyd Sleator — who will produce a documentary showing the “social and cultural value of the club”.

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Jägermeister’s Save The Night fund is dedicated to protecting nightlife by sponsoring innovative ideas with last year’s partners including Fabric and Resident Advisor.

The director of culture for Jägermeister reportedly said “The two projects in Kenya and Northern Ireland address crucial socio-political issues and actively contribute to developing nightlife in a positive direction”.

“The goal of Save the Night is to make nightlife a better place worldwide – today and in the future,” added the company.

Belle Richardson is Mixmag’s Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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