In December 2016, Federico Pirzio-Biroli and Oz Jefferies landed in Kenya for the Kilifi New Year’s Eve Festival armed with a Funktion-One sound system and a passion for sharing high-quality audio with others. Through Pirzio-Biroli’s philanthropy and Jefferies’ technical expertise, Audio Sans Frontieres was born, and continues to blossom, as TPMEA found out.

“Thee goal is to take sound systems to places that don’t have access to it,” Oz Jefferies [of UK-based Audio Feed] told TPMEA while talking through the business plan for his new project, Audio Sans Frontieres. The new venture, set up with partner Federico Pirzio-Biroli, has already enjoyed quite the journey into Africa’s live events industry. The duo’s goal? To take world class sound systems to places that potentially don’t have easy access to them.

According to Pirzio-Biroli, the incentive was born after he attended the Kilifi New Year’s Eve Festival in 2015. He reminisced: “I remember thinking that everything was just right at that event… well, almost,” he laughed.

“The location is beautiful, it had good DJs and a great crowd; it would have been the perfect festival if it wasn’t for the awful sound. We found out it was using a 30 year-old system! Naturally, this was something I thought I could probably help with!”

Pirzio-Biroli and Je eries’ have a long-standing relationship with British manufacturer Funktion-One, all of which started at Burning Man.

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