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Day Five: February 20, 2020 (DCMA)

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We started at the Ngalawa Hotel recording Kithara who we had to stop recording on Day 3 because of noise. It was great we could get them all to come to the hotel unexpectedly today. After this we drove back to Stonetown to record at the DCMA and the Culture Musical Club.  The three groups: …

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…

Day Zero: 6 March 2022 – Travel To Stream

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Concept Note: By mid-2020 the COVID 19 pandemic had almost forced the creative and performing arts industry to grind to a halt. Social distancing and health protocol guidelines saw the closure of most of the performing venues, thus cutting off the main revenue-generating activities of many artists. However, a number of urban-based performers were able to…

Day Three: January 20th, 2019

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The next morning we left early and drove from Bariadi toward Manzwa, stopping at the village of Budeka to record three groups: Group one: Baseki:   This group was formed in 1975 by the parents of the current band members. They are from the Sukuma Ntuzu community and play in the Bulabuka style. The play drums,…

Field Recording Report by Kahithe Kiiru

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Introduction: Project overview and objectives This report is to inform interested parties of the results of field recordings from Western Kenya under Singing Wells project series, produced by Abubilla Music and Ketebul Music.  It reports on the field interviews and recordings conducted between Busia, Bungoma, Kakamega and Vihiga Counties in the Western Region of Kenya…