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“If you’re looking at Africa, you take a look at Nairobi,” says “Blinky” Bill Sellanga. “We’re just discovering ourselves and figuring out how to express ourselves in a way that makes sense to us.”

Nairobi, Kenya is undoubtedly one of the continent’s creative hot spots. There are companies there who are pushing boundaries in both the creative and global technologies spheres. Ushahidi and BRCK, founded by Design Indaba speaker Juliana Rotich, are changing the whole tech ecosystem on the African continent and creating solutions with innovative digital technologies for problems that affect the whole world. Alongside Rotich in Africa’s next vanguard of creative pioneers is music producer and Dj Blinky Bill.

He spent the first phase of his musical career as the front man of Just a Band, a Kenyan collective of self proclaimed “super-nerdy” musician/artists who gained themselves a global audience with their electronica-infused African funk. The band had a series of underground hits and created Kenya’s first viral video, “Makmende”.