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SHAASH Studio’s Commitment to Youth and Community Development


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In a world where opportunities often elude the marginalized, SHAASH Studio has emerged as a beacon of hope and a catalyst for change. Since its inception in 2014, this Nairobi-based studio, founded by the visionary Gikonyo, has been unwavering in its commitment to youth and community development.

Gikonyo, affectionately known as Kush, understood the vast potential that lay within individuals who lacked access to resources and opportunities. Recognizing that financial constraints should never be a barrier to creativity, he set out to level the playing field. SHAASH Studio became a sanctuary for those who couldn’t afford studio time, including street kids, homeless families, people with disabilities, and disadvantaged youth from impoverished backgrounds.

At the heart of SHAASH Studio’s mission is the belief that everyone deserves a chance to pursue their passion. To identify hidden talents, the studio conducted talent searches, scouting the slums of Mathare and Korogocho, where hope often wanes. The chosen artists were then connected with mentors and producers who shared their expertise and nurtured their skills.

But SHAASH Studio’s impact went beyond mentorship and guidance. It provided free recording sessions to these aspiring artists, removing the financial burden and offering a platform for self-expression. In the vibrant recording booth, dreams were transformed into melodies, and stories were woven into verses. The artists were given the opportunity to play live authentic instruments, infusing their music with a raw, organic essence.

Understanding that creativity knows no boundaries, SHAASH Studio extended its reach to an unexpected setting—prisons. Within the walls of Nairobi West Prison and Kamiti Prisons, Gikonyo saw untapped potential waiting to be unleashed. In collaboration with prison authorities, SHAASH Studio organized talent searches and recording sessions within these confined spaces.

The rationale behind this unconventional endeavor was simple yet profound. Gikonyo believed that the incarcerated possessed an abundance of time and stories to share. By offering them a means of creative expression, SHAASH Studio aimed to combat depression, channel their energies into positive pursuits, and pave the way for personal transformation.

SHAASH Studio’s commitment didn’t end at the recording booth; it extended to securing recognition and compensation for these artists. The studio facilitated the official registration of these talents with music regulatory bodies such as PRISK and MCSK. This ensured that their work was protected, and they received fair compensation for their contributions to the music industry.

The impact of SHAASH Studio’s efforts in youth and community development transcended individual lives. By empowering these aspiring artists, the studio enabled them to become agents of change within their communities. It offered an alternative path, steering them away from crime, substance abuse, and hopelessness.

In the face of adversity, SHAASH Studio was momentarily forced to close its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, its spirit remained unbroken. The studio is steadfast in its determination to reopen and continue its invaluable work, breathing life into dreams that might have otherwise withered away.

SHAASH Studio stands as a testament to the transformative power of music, the resilience of the human spirit, and the enduring commitment to nurturing talent. As it prepares to embark on the next chapter of its journey, the studio’s unwavering dedication to youth and community development remains an inspiration—a reminder that every voice deserves to be heard and every dream deserves a chance to soar.


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