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Mike Strano

Mike Strano

Founding Director, ONGEA! Africa

For 21 years, Mike Strano has continually explored the music business of Africa. Since moving to Eastern Africa from Australia in 1998, Mike and his Phamily have built one of best-known entertainment companies in Africa; which The Business Daily and KPMG listed at No.36 of the Top 100 Mid-Sized Businesses in Kenya during 2016.

One of their Businesses, PHAT! Intellectual Property, has represented SHEER Publishing Africa ( of South Africa throughout Eastern Africa since 2012 with local Clients including: Alikiba, Cannibal, Chiluba, Cindy Sanyu, Elani, Eric Musyoka, Eric Wainaina, Fena, Gilad, Girum Mezmur, H_Art the Band, Jackie Chandiru, Jay A, Johnny Ragga, Kawesa, Kidum, Lady JayDee, Maurice Kirya, Navio, Radio & Weasel, Sauti Sol, St-Evo, Suzanna Owiyo, Swahili Nation, Tetu Shani, Tsedenia, Vivian, Willy Paul, Xpat, etc; and international Clients including: Aloe Blacc, Bob Marley, D’Banj, Katy Perry, Kirk Franklin, Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney, etc.

Another of their Enterprises, ONGEA! Africa, owns and runs ONGEA! - The Eastern Africa Music Summit (, which completed its fifth edition in February 2020, and aims to help develop an industry that is professional, transparent and profitable for all. ONGEA! was created after ten successful years of KENYA MUSIC WEEK from 2004 to 2013.

ONGEA! Africa, the Social Enterprise of PHAT! Music & Entertainment Limited, also partnered with DISCOP to run parallel music in advertising, film, television and gaming program entitled DISCORE at each DISCOP in Abidjan (May 2018), Zanzibar (July 2018) and Johannesburg (November 2018).

Their other Businesses include PHAT!buzz™ (, a monthly publication since 2000, which also supplies content daily to Safaricom’s sms service of GETiT411 since 2002; and PHAT! Productions, a Founding Member of the Event Managers’ Association of Kenya (EMAK) and Specialists in local & international talent supply and management and live event production for television or video (e.g. award ceremonies, cocktails, concerts, conferences, fashion shows, launches, meetings, team buildings, etc.).

Also specializing in talent, MAGIC AFRICA ( is an proud affiliate that creates world class magical experiences for events throughout Africa from Cape Town to Cairo.

Mike Strano is also a Founding Director of MyMoviesAfrica™ (, a Kenyan digital cinema extension that will take the world’s movies to Africa and Africa’s movies to the world, with its "Bring Cinema Home" model of 48-hour rentals or #OwnForLife purchase.

And in 2017, Mike Strano became one of the founding board members of Music Publishers Association of Kenya (MPAKE), which was approved by the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) for the collection and distribution of royalties on behalf of authors, composers and publishers.

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