Instrument type

A bowed, one stringed instrument, found in West Kenya.


We first heard the instrument in the field, being played by a member of Ogoya Nengo’s band. We then recorded more Orutu being played by a member of Otieno Aloka.

The Otacho Young Stars featured the instrument quite prominently as part of their sound – and it forms a large part of the Influences session we recorded at Ketebul studios in Nairobi.


We are pleased to own an Orutu, as part of the Singing Wells instrument library. This resides in our London studio.