Second year music business student Wairimu has travelled a colossal 15,000km to come and study with us in Berlin – we speak with her about choosing to make such a commitment, and how she’s adapted from living in sunny Nairobi to a major European capital.
How does the music scene in Berlin compare to your hometown?
The creative industries in Nairobi are really small and connected, and you tend to rub shoulders with the same enthusiasts throughout the city. There are pockets for many western and popular genres of music as is characteristic of any cosmopolitan city, but the sounds of traditional music in vernacular languages from an array of Kenyan cultures also fuses it’s way into the sounds of the city. Nairobi’s music scene is a melting pot of modernism and tradition.
Why did you chose BIMM Berlin?
In 2016 I was working in artist management and as a music tutor in my home city, and felt a change of scene and pace was necessary, if not urgent…! I started applying to a bunch of music colleges across Europe, but settled for BIMM Berlin for two reasons: I loved how the course content was specific to my career interests, and the admissions team did a pretty neat job at assuring me that joining BIMM is worth my investment.
Is there anything that you always ask your family to post to you in Berlin that isn’t available here?
Tea! Forever and always. I’m addicted to a Kenyan brand named Ketepa, and their blend of jasmine, passion, and green tea is my actual life-line (#notsponsored)
What is your favourite thing about studying at BIMM Berlin?
My class schedule allows a lot of time for personal development and pursuit of other interests, and the duration of the lectures is great.
What advice would you give to someone moving from your hometown to Berlin to study?
You will never get the hang of winter. Don’t force it, don’t fight it. Just…don’t.