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Introduction: Project overview and objectives

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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 Siaya Counties in Lake Region of Kenya and Nairobi City in the…

Day Five: Ilesi, Khayega to Kisumu

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Thursday, February 22, 2018 We travelled to Ilesi, Khakyega to record three groups. The first was Imachina.   They call themselves after the village where they live.   As with many groups over the last two days, most of their songs are for processions, like weddings, funerals, bullfights or rites of passage. So they tend to play…

Day Four: Ikolomani to Amalemba

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 We drove from our hotel, in Kakamega, to Shiriese Ikolomani to record the Super Phoenix Band.   The band was founded originally by Jacob Luseno, who mentored the current band leader Julius Intenya.   The musical style is Mutibu. They played roughly 8-10 songs, including several goes with our influences artist. These songs included:…

Day Three: Bungoma Town to Kakamega

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2018:     Today, we returned to record Wilbert Wanyama in Bungoma Town.   As mentioned, we met Wilbert on the evening of February 19th, but were unable to record his band due to thunderstorms. So we returned to Santa Maria Resort to record him the next morning. And the weather was sunny and crisp,…

Day two: From Sirisia to Mabuyole Falls

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Monday, February 19, 2018:  Woke up early and drove to Sirisia to record the band Namatete. The band was founded by Weput Khulu Namatete in 1992. He and his friends gradually made instruments and learned to play them while taking care of their cattle. By 1992 they were good enough to call themselves a ‘serious’ band.  …