A charismatic and masterful performer, Kato Change has an inimitable improvisation while approaching music and flirts with virtuosity. Hailing from Kenya, the guitarist’s beaming onstage persona is paired with a nimble command of his instrument. Kato continually draws inspirations from a heritage of jazz legends as well as African, Flamenco, rhythm and blues and rock genres, creating sounds that are both familiar and utterly singular. A much sought-after player, Kato strums regularly alongside his jazz ensemble, The Change Experience, The Aaron Rimbui Quintet, Ma3 and several other groups in Nairobi. His debut single: Dawn, will be featured in his first album and can be watched on YouTube.
Self-taught, Kato’s curiosity in guitar was nurtured by an emerging online community of musicians on YouTube. Foundational to his ornate, self-directed style is a universal musical pulse, energized by the continuous feedback loops that link artists across the globe. He has played with many of the greats including Salif Keita, Seun Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Fally Ipupa, Dave Douglas and Omar lye fook. In his live videos, one can observe his leadership and generous collaborative spirit.