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Our top Singing Wells songs for April

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This month we’re celebrating our all-woman groups with a selection of music from across Kenya. 1. Gacharaigu Gitiro Women Group, Kimunya  We recorded the Gacharaigu Gitiro Women Group in Kangema, Kenya in 2014. The group, formed in 2006, is led by Fidelia Nyambura Mwangi. Their songs are dedicated to self-help.  Its style is Ndumo, an old…

Rediscovering Afropop and its influences

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Have you ever asked yourself where music genres come from? Why do we have Jazz or Blues, and what’s going to be the next big thing? The answer is influences; something that Singing Wells is deeply passionate about. Many genres of popular music like Blues, Jazz, Salsa and Rumba derive to varying degrees from traditional…

Discussions on music and culture with a young Kenyan

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As part of our drive to promote the traditional music of East Africa I’ve been spending some time meeting the urban community in Nairobi. I’ve been talking to people about their music interests, whether the idea of Singing Wells appeals to them and what more we can do to ensure this musical culture is not…

Meeting Ketebul: an interview with Tabu

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I’ve recently moved to Nairobi and so earlier this week had the pleasure of visiting the Ketebul offices in the downtown industrial area and meeting the super-cool team. Tucked away in an unassuming street, Ketebul is situated in the Go Down Arts Centre, a graffited music enclave of made up of some seriously hip outlets….

Our top 5 Singing Wells songs for March

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I’m new to Singing Wells and I’ve spent the last few weeks listening to pretty much every song on the site, getting to know the amazing traditional music of East Africa! It was tough to pick, but for my first blog post I thought I’d share my top 5 songs so far. 1. Otacho Young…

From African Twist to Benga

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In March 2014, Ketebul Music and The Abubilla Music Foundation came together to record a very special album for Singing Wells. Our goal was to record some of the most important ‘bridge’ artists in Kenya – a group of musicians who have built a connection between the music of their villages and modern music. They…

The repatriation of Kenya’s music heritage

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Many hundreds of recordings by an early generation of Kenyan musicians are currently being returned to the communities in which these songs were made in the 1950s by English ethnomusicologist, Hugh Tracey. The repatriation of these recordings began in August, during a two-week pilot project in Kenya’s Rift Valley led by Prof Diane Thram, Director…

Singing Wells is on Bozza!

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There’s now a new way for audiences to discover and listen to traditional East African musicians and music groups recorded by Singing Wells.  Head over to our Bozza page here. About Bozza “Bozza is a plug & play solution for musicians, poets, photographers & film makers to promote and sell their digital products to their fans…