Cedric Katana

Au­dio Pro­ducer, Grandpa Records

The Star (Kenya) - - Sasa - BY CLAIRE MUNDE

Mu­sic is good for ev­ery­one’s soul. Since a young age, I have al­ways loved do­ing mu­sic. Cre­at­ing mu­sic is kind of a great ex­pe­ri­ence, as you get to make some­thing that an­other per­son will end up lik­ing and singing along to it.

Right now at JKUAT, my main area of study is pro­duc­tion, where I want to be as suc­cess­ful as Re­fi­gah, my boss, and bring in a new gen­er­a­tion of artistes into the mu­sic arena.

My stage name is ‘Beat Ya Cedar’ or ‘Cedric on the Beat’.


Early morn­ing at around 5.30am, I wake up for a morn­ing jog and go to the gym un­til 7am. I get some time to pre­pare my­self for my 8am lec­tures in Jkuat-Juja, where I am fi­nal­is­ing on my Elec­tronic Me­dia de­gree course.

I fin­ish most of my school­work by around 1pm, then head to the Grandpa Records stu­dio.


I tend to come up with fresh ideas ev­ery­day, where I make at least four beats in two hours, mak­ing beats. No mat­ter how weird they sound, it’s a way of cre­at­ing new sounds. I also meet with clients over that time so they can also give their in­put to the cre­ation of the beats.


I spend time tak­ing YouTube lessons on mix­ing and mas­ter­ing tracks. I then take a walk within Kib­era and Yaya, en­joy­ing snacks along the way. I com­plete as­sign­ments and go for night ses­sions with our in-house artistes at the la­bel.

When­ever I have group dis­cus­sions dur­ing the day, I en­sure I at­tend them dur­ing this time. My school mu­sic band, led by our own Tim Imb­waga and Isaac, al­ways meets at around five in the evening. I play piano for the band and also train for the key­board.


I head home and take time to re­vise all work done dur­ing the day. I lis­ten with friends to the beats I have cre­ated, so they can tell me what I need to Im­prove on.

In this pro­fes­sion, you need to know what the tar­get mar­ket re­ally wants and what would be ap­peal­ing to them.


I travel to my ru­ral home Keri­cho, where I spend the week­end with my mother, Pamela, my bet­ter half Loice (Memo) and sis­ter Char­lotte. The fam­ily meets at home for bond­ing, life mo­ti­va­tional talks and ad­vice. Here, we get to talk about our week and what we have ac­com­plished.

In turn, I am in­stilled with wis­dom by my mum, who is part of the rea­son why I love pro­duc­ing mu­sic.


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