Ugandan musician and Educator


Chinobay is a Ugandan musician, educator, and creative arts producer whose work has been described as “some of the most exquisite music coming out of Africa today”. Since his youth, he has captivated audiences with world-roots rhythms and melodies that emanate from the diversity of the many traditional instruments he customized to develop his unique sound. The diverse textures of Chinobay’s music make it soothing, pulsing, meditative, and invigorating —much of it a mix of original and traditional with global influences—but the sounds are uniquely his.

Chinobay’s pan African WAMU SPIRIT band brings together Cameroonian producer and bassist Jonas Yologaza, Nigerian drummer Olaolu Ajibade, and duo national keyboardist William Pefok from Cameroon and Nigeria. Led by Chinobay’s voice and African traditional instruments i.e. Kora, Kalimba, Endongo and Tama, this band has created a sound of their own, tapping into various global influences with a strong foundation in African roots.

Chinobay is an accomplished educator and has for many years visited schools, colleges and learning institutions to lead workshops, residencies, and masterclasses. His educational and outreach programs bring learning hands-on experiences to global students of all ages, introducing Africa’s cultural arts, social studies and stories rarely covered by mainstream media, to reach a unique understanding of how we connect as humans across cultural and national lines. Chinobay had curated several multi-day residencies that lead to culminating performances with various local ensembles.

Tour Dates

Sep 03, 2022

Black Mountain Arts Center

Black Mountain, NC, USA

Sep 08, 2022

Levitt Pavilion

Westport, CT, USA

Sep 09, 2022

The parlor room

Northampton, MA, USA

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