Renown Nairobi based disc jockey (DJ) Moses Muraya popularly known as Dj Mo will start an arts inclined academy in Nakuru next month.
The academy to be based at the 5th floor of the Prime Plaza Building which is situated at Nakuru’s main roundabout will offer classes to aspiring disc jockeys for both radio and television and is set to open its doors officially on April 5th.
“Although our target is the youth our doors will be open to all ages,” DJ Mo told Kenya Monitor.
With the growth of the media and the entertainment industry – partly due to the growth in the digital migration, such skills are likely to open up unlimited opportunities to the youth all over the country.
Unfortunately most developed disc jockey academies are only based in Nairobi. This leaves out a whole lot of interested youth in many other counties. “We hope this academy will open up opportunities to youth in Nakuru by cutting down on their expenses of traveling to Nairobi to access such academies,” added DJ Mo.
A full disc jockey training will take 2 months to complete and will cost sh30,000 which can be paid in installments said Dj Mo who is also a gospel presenter with NTV.
It will be noted that over the years Nakuru has produced big names in the entertainment industry in the country. Renown female musician and actress, Avril Nyambura, hails from Nakuru as well Haman Kago aka Hamo the Professor of the Churchill Show. Other top artists from the county include gospel musician Evelyn Wanjiru among others.
Besides, the county has always produced serious competitors in almost every season of the annual Tusker Project fame show. Some of these include Bernard Ng’ang’a aka Nga’ng’alito who featured in Season 4. It is such talent that DJ Mo wants to capture through his academy while still raw. “We don’t want the youth to keep on remaining idle. We want to awaken their talent,” he said.
Already his idea has been welcomed by the youth in the county. Daniel Obwocha an upcoming DJ said the idea timely. Obwocha, who is the Director of Entertainment, Sports and Gender at Egerton University Njoro campus said it will expose the youth in the county to the entertainment industry the more.
“We have disc jockey academies in Nakuru but they don’t offer quality studies as those based in Nairobi,” he said.
“What I know about Nairobi based academies is that they usually help you in networking with other artists and even corporate organizations.”
Being a big name in the entertainment industry, DJ Mo’s academy once launched is expected to attract quite a sizable number of youth who want to horn their skills in the arts. One can only hope that this will boost their chances of getting employment. It is also hoped that it will unleash more creativity from the County’s youth.