Nairobi, Kenya



Behind the Music

The idea of incorporating journalism and storytelling into music is a fascinating concept, and I want to explore it more. This music is derived from real reported footage and ambient sounds, which makes it all the more interesting to listen to. What’s also enticing about this project is the number of artists taking part in it. Collaboration has been a key part of my creative process ever since I started writing music and this is one of the most unique collaborations I’ve worked on. It’s both a challenge and a fun experiment. Who would have thought to make a soundtrack for a book?

About KMRU

Nairobi-based producer and field sound artist, Joseph Kamaru aka KMRU, is notable for making intelligent and emotionally evocative electronic music. KMRU works to inject a dose of experimentation and space in his music, giving a personal touch using everything from gritty indigenous sounds to field recordings or intricate sonic scapes. Already earmarked by Resident Advisor as one of “15 East African Artists You Need To Hear,” KMRU is truly pioneering in the East African experimental music scene and breaking borders with his ambient sounds.

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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