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Day 3 – Monday 3rd July 2017

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The third day of our field recordings was particularly fruitful. We visited Patrice Odour Oriwo known as ‘Sewe Oriwo’ at his home in Murumba village, Sega constituency (Siaya County), who fully demonstrated the making of a nyatiti resonator. We started off by going to a nearby wood and picking a log, which was then transported…

Day 4 – Tuesday 4th July 2017

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On the fourth day, we had several venues and individuals to meet and time we could spend in each interview was therefore limited. We started our day in Unyolo village, Alego constituency (Siaya County) at the homestead of William Ogutu Omondi. Born in 1936, this elder amazed us not only with his excellent nyatiti playing,…

Day 5 – Wednesday 5th July 2017

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On our last day in Lake Region, we paid a visit to Ayub Ogada, probably the most internationally acclaimed Kenyan musician, whose use of the nyatiti in different musical genres is both original and pertinent for our Masters of the Nyatiti story. We spent the day at his home in Nyahera location, not far from Kisumu…

Day 9 – Sunday 9th July 2017

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The original concept of the Masters of the Nyatiti programme included a side segment focusing on the orutu ‐ a one‐string fiddle from the same community. Because of time limitations, this could not be done fully; yet the idea of instrument comparison remained and was reintroduced through an instrument comparison forum held on day 8…

Conclusion: Challenges and Recomendations

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Challenges and difficulties One of the main intentions of this report on SW’s pilot Masters programme was to analyse and report on the difficulties encountered in the field. Although it is based on a somewhat personal experience, it was previously discussed with Ketebul’s Project Manager, as I wished to include other voices and mention issues…

Introduction: Project overview and objectives

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You can watch all the nyatiti players we recorded in this playlist. This report is to inform interested parties of the results of field recordings for “Masters of the Nyatiti” programme under Singing Wells project series, produced by Abubilla Music and Ketebul Music. It reports on the field interviews and recordings conducted between Kisumu and…