Stories > 1. Kenya (Coastal Region) 2011

Day 1: The very first field recording day for Singing Wells

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After a long drive from Nairobi to Malindi yesterday,  we spent a full day recording in the village of Sita…  We reported on the drive over at the Abubilla Website (click here).  Let’s focus this blog on today’s music.  Afterall, it’s all about the music. Three things to report…. The Village Sita is about 15 kilometres from Malindi,…

Kenya (Coast): Day 3 – our final recording day

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Second day in Diani. Early morning trip to Vuga Kwale County, in a densely covered village, of deep red earth, light blue buildings and wonderful village life.   Recorded our final two groups and packed up equipment for the long trip home. The village   We recorded at the village’s central meeting place.  Throughout recording, clothes…

Kenya (Coast): Day 4 – the road back to Nairobi

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We used the long ride back to interview Tabu, Steve and Andy about the Singing Wells project.  Worth a read… We’ve finished our trip and had our long ride back from Mombasa.   We used the opportunity to interview some of the team about the Singing Wells Project. Jimmy to Steve Kivutia (Singing Wells Project Manager):…

Day Four: January 21 2019 Mwanza

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The next morning we drove about an hour to Kisesa (A) to record two groups: Group 1: Mchele Mchele Sanaa Group:    This group, from the Sukuma community, was formed in 2010 and performs with a number of styles: Bukomia Lume, Buchheye, Wigashe.  Their instruments are: Ng’oma (Drums), Pembe (animal horns, large impala), Firimbi (flute), and…

Day Five: January 22, 2019 Mwanza Continued

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We returned to the same location (Kagera Bukoba) as yesterday to record three groups: Group 1: Karambi Sanaa Group: From Kagera Bukoba and part of the Wahaya Community, this group was formed in 2000 and performs in the Akasimbo style. Their instruments are: Kangote (Drums), Akafotho (hand whistling), Enganja: Clapper – two wooden ‘bricks’ struck together,…