Trip Details

Global Youth Groove Kenya exchange program 5th annual trip June 5th -June 23rd 2017


Global Youth Groove is a Boston based 501 (c) 3 non profit that whose mission is to transform the lives of underprivileged youth in Africa by giving them an opportunity to learn and develop their musical abilities.

Global Youth Groove brings volunteers to Kenya for an annual exchange program trip. These trips are crucial to our program because this is the only time of the year that participants from different countries have an opportunity to meet and share their music,skills,knowledge and collaborate on different projects. Participants are immersed in the Kenyan culture and get exposed to both traditional and modern Kenyan music.

This year marked our 5th annual exchange trip and the dates were June 5th to June 23rd 2017.

GYG was honored to have a passionate team of celebrated music educators and performers who are not only celebrated musicians but also humble human beings who respect other people’s cultures.
The theme for this year was Jazz bass and we hosted the best Jazz bassist of our time.

Victor Wooten is a founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones as well as a 5-time Grammy Award winner, and has graced the covers of Bass Magazines the world over. He has been voted Bass Player of the Year by Bass Player Magazine readers more often than anyone alive and is in constant demand as an artist/clinician/producer. His novel, The Music Lesson, has been translated to several languages and is integrated into Berklee’s core curriculum. He is widely considered the most influential bassist of the Millennium. His most recent releases; Words and Tones, a vocal album, and Swords and Stones, an instrumental album, both appeared in the top-ten of the i-Tunes Music charts; Possibly an historic first! . In 2008 Victor founded The Victor Wooten Center for Music and Nature, which hosts innovative music camps regularly, catering to all instrumentalists. Wooten was recently featured in the TED-Ed on-line film ‘Music as a Language’ offering an inspiring message about music as a powerful and effective communication tool. Victor is a Performance Scholar in Residence at Berklee College of Music.

Bass Player Magazine has stated, “Steve Bailey is to the 6 string fretless bass, what Columbus is to America”. He has toured and recorded with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson, Jethro Tull, Paquito D’rivera, Larry Carlton, and the Rippingtons… and all points in between.
Steve has performed solo concerts and clinics all over the world. He has written six books and released numerous solo CD’s and instructional DVD’s. He has been voted in the top 5 Bass Players in World and was a regular columnist for Bass Player Magazine.
His latest multi-bass production is Warwicks Fuss On The Buss 2, a live DVD, featuring Bootsy Collins, Larry Graham, Robert Trujillo, Lee Sklar, and many others.
For over 20 years he has partnered with fellow bassist Victor Wooten in the cutting edge group, Bass Extremes. And most recently with fellow bass legends Lee Sklar and Jonas Hellborg in the three bass group JoStLe.
Combining 35 years as a working musician and ten years faculty experience at B.I.T. in Hollywood, and another decade at UNC Wilmington and Coastal Carolina University, Steve is a premier “pro/educator”, and is currently the Chair of the Berklee College of Music Bass Department.
Below is the full list of the amazing individuals who dedicated their time to volunteer and support our cause.

Steve Bailey (Chair of Bass Dept) (USA)
Victor Wooten (renowned Jazz Bassist) (USA)


Ny Oni Razafindratandra (Voice) (Madagascar)
Ricky Mckinney (Voice,Piano) (USA)
Martin Tamisier (Percussion) (France)
Njoki Karu (Voice) (Kenya)
Gabriel Zutrau (Guitar,songwriting) (USA)

Dave Chapman (MP&E, Guitar) 2011/2012/2017 (USA)
Federico Masetti (MP&E, Piano) (Italy)
Samuel Creager (MP&E, Guitar) (USA)
Utako Toyama Voice Skybridge (Japan)
Annette Oduor (MP&E) voice (Kenya)
Victor Mbogo (MP&E) Saxophone (Kenya)


Sam Lutomia – Program Coordinator (Kenya/USA)
Founder Global Youth Groove
Marian Wilson – PULSE online program specialist (USA)
Jeannie Greeley – External Affairs/Communications/media specialist (USA)
Katherine June Schelling (Photo/Video) (USA)

Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten conducted two days of Bass master classes at the Permanent Presidential Music Commission that had a packed audience.

NyOni Raza,Njoki Karu and Ricky Mckinney Led the vocal sessions at the Kenya conservatoire.

Dave Chapman,Sam Creager,Annette Oduor and Victor Mbogo led the Music production and engineering workshop at Enovator Studio.

We had two special concerts organized by Safaricom Jazz festival in conjunction with MoSound at the Hotel Intercontinental (free to the public) and an RSVP concert at Michael Joseph center.

Ghetto classics outreach in Korogocho was a humbling and emotional experience that left us with some deep thoughts.

Maasai Mara was simply spectacular!

We changed our itinerary this year and made a two day stop over at Nyabururu girls high school and Sironga Girls high school to interact with over 3,000 girls who are passionate about music.

Kakamega town is where it all started! we visited Little Prinz Orphanage and played with the kids we donated foodstuffs time to give back.
We visited Elukho Primary and donated 12 desks that we helped in designing and making together with the local carpenters.
Kakamega forest hike was refreshing it took us to the beautiful water falls and viewpoint of the Nandi escapement.

Stay tuned for photos,videos,podcasts and more.

Best GYG team and trip!


Sam Lutomia

Founder/Visionary (Global Youth Groove)