Mixtape activism on the buses

Traffic Jam Sessions
Kenya (Nairobi)

Nairobi’s minibus taxis carry over three million people around the city every day. The loud and tightly packed matatu buses blare hip-hop, RnB, funk, soul, dancehall and boomba day or night. Showcasing new DJs and music genres since the nineties, the matatus have become mobile clubs – and a cultural phenomenon.

Traffic Jam Sessions is a creative grassroots collaboration, spearheaded by creative hub Pawa254 and popular Afro-fusion Kenyan band Sarabi, spoken word artist Teardrops and comedian Timothy Ndisii.

The project seeks to ignite political awareness through mass distribution of mixtapes on the bus routes. Providing intelligent and engaging content, they feature politically conscious tracks by some of Kenya’s biggest musical artists and poets. The project seeks to provoke social change by offering listeners an alternative to mainstream radio and engaging in discussion about issues facing Kenya. Thanks to Traffic Jam Sessions the daily commute in Nairobi is like nowhere else in the world, with powerful playlists to educate, engage and make the soul sing.

Written by

Lauren Burrows, Writer/ Researcher, Atlas of the Future (25 February 2016)

Project leader

Boniface Mwangi, Founder, Pawa254

Support the Atlas

We want the Atlas of the Future media platform and our event to be available to everybody, everywhere for free – always. Fancy helping us spread stories of hope and optimism to create a better tomorrow? For those able, we'd be grateful for any donation.

Creative Commons License



Take me somewhere
Take me somewhere
Data Protection Act: LOPD.
In compliance with Organic Law 15/1999, of 13 of December, on Personal Data Protection, and the development of Rules of Procedure, approved by Royal Decree 1720/2007, of 21 of December, Atlas of the Future subscribers may be required to provide Personal Data, which will be included in a file owned by Democratising The Future Society SL. Such file is duly incorporated in the Spanish Data Protection Agency and protected in compliance with the security measures established in the applicable legislation. Subscribers may exercise, at any time, their rights of access, rectification, cancellation and/or opposition regarding their Personal Data. The subscriber shall notice their will, either under written form addressed to Democratising The Future Society SL, Ref. LOPD, Calabria, 10 6-3 08015 - Barcelona (Spain) and/or by e-mail, clicking here. Also, the subscriber shall communicate Atlas of the Future any modifications of their Personal Data stored, so that the information stored by Atlas of the Future remains at all times updated and error-free.
Get World-changing projects and news in your inbox weekly.