Twone Mbee

Group Information



Twone Mbee is led by Christine Kisove.  The group practices Itheke dance styles (Mwen-yenyo, Mutundo).  They are from the village of Kiogwe, Nzambani District.  The group was formed in 1994 and has 20 members.

The songs

‘Asyai’: during this song they use the Ileve (tin thaker) and Vilingi (whistle).  David Kithome uses shaker and Christine Kisove and Eliza Musyoka use the whistles.  The song encourages parents to invest in education because that is key to success.

‘Mwaki’:  This is a political phrase song praising a prospective parliamentarian.  It discourages other prospective candidates from attempting the position because it is already taken by the one they are praising.

‘Nzembanie na ivinda’: (Chasing After Time). This song talks about the President’s call to stop corruption. The call to chase after time comes from the society that won’t condone these malpractices.

Recording Information

2nd March 2014

Recording location:

Kitui, Kiongwe Market, Kenya

Audio by:

Steve Kivutia, Ketebul Music & Andy Patterson, Abubilla Music.

Mixed by Andy Patterson

Video by:

Patrick Ondiek, Ketebul Music; Jimmy Allen, Abubilla Music and Lewis Koome for Singing Wells