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Brighton Student Wins Funding to Construct Nightclub in Kenya Hometown

Jesse Mugambi, a University of Brighton student, has received a grant from Jägermeister to establish a nightclub and music studio in Nairobi, Kenya.

Mugambi, who has a background in architecture and is presently pursuing a master’s degree in sustainable design at the Moulsecoomb campus, intends to utilize the €50,000 ($50,000) grant to repurpose decommissioned shipping containers for the project in his native Kenya. The project is called Studio Can-V.

“Having faced challenges in pursuing my own passion for music, I’m driven by the belief that there are countless young and old people longing for opportunities to explore their musical itch,” he said.

Mugambi’s proposal, created during his undergraduate studies, aims to create a versatile facility that can transition from a daytime hub for DJs to a lively nightclub after dark.

He added that he planned to work with local artisans in Nairobi to build a mobile sound studio out of reused shipping containers.

According to the BBC, he aspires to promote positive change by using local vernacular designs that reflect youth cultural identities, including music, dancing, and community connectedness.

“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,” he said in a statement.

“I aspire to create those spaces where they can really explore their creativity and pursue their musical dreams without constraint.”

He went on to say: “I’ve received massive support from friends, mentors, lecturers, and professors at the University of Brighton who’ve helped shape the project’s trajectory.”

Mugambi was one of two winners in Jägermeister’s Save The Night competition, which aims to support nightlife activities throughout the world.

His Studio Can-V idea outperformed 300 entries from 50 countries.

According to Kai Dechsling, Mast-Jägermeister’s director of global culture and experiential marketing, an inclusive, varied, and safe nightlife creates unique opportunities for self-expression around the world. It is a place of freedom that builds sanctuaries.”

 

 

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