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FAMA invites Sam Karugu
FAMA invites Sam Karugu
FAMA invites Sam Karugu

26 Apr 24 12:00H

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FAMA invites Sam Karugu

With Masaka Masaka

Episode 02: Masaka Masaka Meets Sam Karugu

"FAMA" is a captivating exploration into the world of music and creativity, hosted by Masaka Masaka. In this episode, we welcomed Sam Karugu, a multifaceted artist known for his innovative approach to music production. Sam's repertoire spans various genres, from industrial to breakcore and Grindcore. He uses wall of sound techniques and noise feedback to create sonic rituals.

Throughout the conversation, Sam reminisced about his musical journey, sharing anecdotes from his early days experimenting with synthesizers while still making metal, and rock music. He reflected on the challenges of blending electronic elements into his practice, where electronic music was often viewed as a novelty. However, he found solace and inspiration in collaborative jam sessions where diverse influences converged, shaping his unique sound.

The discussion delved into the cultural landscape of music production, contrasting experiences in Kenya with those abroad. Sam highlighted the vibrant creative spaces he encountered, like "The Villa, in Kampala, Uganda" where artists thrived amidst a supportive community. Yet, he also acknowledged the threats such spaces faced from noise complaints and external pressures, drawing parallels to similar struggles in Nairobi.

As the conversation unfolded, Sam shared insights into his creative process, influenced by various sources ranging from film soundtracks to avant-garde jazz. He emphasized the importance of experimentation and improvisation, pushing boundaries to create immersive experiences.

In addition to the conversation, the episode featured a carefully curated selection of tracks, offering listeners a glimpse into Sam's eclectic musical universe. From the primal rhythms of Babatunde Olatunji to the atmospheric compositions of Steve Reich and the industrial intensity of Einstürzende Neubauten, each track showcased the diverse palette of sounds that inspire Sam's work.

"FAMA" continues to be a platform for insightful conversations and sound explorations, inviting listeners to venture into the depths of musical innovation.

With Guest: Sam Karugu is a musician, producer, and DJ who creates music that explores the boundaries of noise and sound. His music is influenced by electronic genres like industrial, breakcore, and grindcore, as well as traditional African music. He uses wall of sound techniques and noise feedback to create sonic rituals.


  • Babatunde Olatunji - Drums of Passion 1959

  • Steve Reich w/ Pat Metheny - Electric Counterpoint (Fast Movement - Part 3)

  • Philip Glass - Glassworks (complete)

  • Einstürzende Neubauten (Halber Mensch 1985) [01] Armenia

  • Jesper kidd Hitman_ Contracts Soundtrack – white room and main title

  • john capenter – Halloween theme

  • jason graves – leviathan, dead space soundtrack

  • Jaba Jesus - H20 Supply Peripherals

  • throbbing gristle – discipline (Manchester 1983 LIVE)

  • Melt banana - shield for your eyes# live in Brighton patterns 2022

  • Ministry – Palestina

  • White Zombie - More Human Than Human

  • Rammstein - du hast

  • Last years tragedy - Bury Your Fallen Dreams

  • Alvin Lucier - I Am Sitting In A Room