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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 One: February 16, 2020 (Ngawala Hotel)

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On our first day of recording, we follow Siti Binti Saad’s footsteps to Bi Kidude and to Amina Abdalla, a performer we met on the grounds of the Ngawala Hotel (Coincidently, Ngawala is another name for Dhow), where we recorded three groups.    Nyota Za Meremeta:     The group’s name means ‘twinkling stars’.  …

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 Two: February 17, 2020 (Stonetown)

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Our second day we drove into Stone Town.   We recorded the first two groups at the Emerson Spice Hotel along the seaside. This hotel is an Arab style hotel, reminiscent of the rhiads in Marrakech with lots of small courtyards.    In the Emerson Spice Hotel we filmed the first two groups in a…