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Supaki Kalazi Group

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…Music of the Mijikenda Junda, Mombasa, Kenya Group Leader: Katana bin Kalama; performers: Agnes Kalama, Dama Chengo, Shida Kalu, Kalame Kathengi, Charo Kazunga, Mwalewa Mwatanje, Mwachiro Mwamuge, Kai, Athami Ngala, Mtawali Kazungu, Kitsao Kiraga, Abraham Mwalimu, Shikari, Amina Hamisi, Eunice Kenga…

Ben Kisinja Group

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…Music of the Kalenjin Kapsokwony, Kenya  …

ZigiDigi Cultural Troupe Group

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…Music of the Mijikenda Vuga, Kwale County, Kenya Group Leader: Matano Mwachiti; performers: Mwanasiti Mwacheruphe, Nchoga Mwacharo, Mwanasada Joshi, Sauma Mwanyika, Mwanasiti Mwalnlo, Binti Mwadumbo, Iddi Bora, Salim Mwambwaku, Juma Mwanganyawa, Nasow Mwanganyawa, Salim Hamadi, Hamir Kumbayugu, Hamisi Chabindo…

Mperwa Dancers Group

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…Music of the Batwa Lead vocalist: Jovah Nyiramajoro…

Bungoma Roots Band Group

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…School, in the Michimeru Village. Wilbert and his school friends formed a band and competed with other school bands. They were quite good and had all their school fees paid for. During breaks from playing at the school they took up ‘Marketing’ and showed up at any events that were being held. The band members held day jobs, mostly in construction, and then would gig in the evening, often in clubs filled with drunkards. However, after years of hard…

4 the Mzinga Group

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…Music of the Mijikenda Kilifi, Kenya Group Leader: Alfonce Kazungu; performers: Kii Chone, Charehe, Karisa Sirya, Kokoro, Moser, Jeph, Salalabi, Malimbo wangoa, Esther, Kadzo, Agnes, Zaimaba, Halima, Kanza…

Irimbene Cultural Dancers and Self-Help Group Group

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…  Irimbene Cultural Dancers and Self-help Group, formed in 2000 with 21 young men, and is led by Edward Kiogura. They play in the Authi style and are from the Ameru ethnic community, from the Irimbene Village, upper Kiungone Sublocation, Abogeta West Division. The group uses Mbere (shakers) worn by Bernard Nkonge, Ginfold Mbae, Amos Munthi and Fraras Ikunda. They also use a flute, Coro, which is performed by John Mwiti….

Richard Sewanyana Group

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…y grandfather but time was running out. Over time, the other players realised he couldn’t play. So they asked him to lead the next song, to be the starter. But he failed. So they then asked him to play any song of any of the ones they had been playing since he joined the palace. And he couldn’t. And they were very mad because he had taken a salary as a player and they felt he was a robber. So when my father realised he had been found out and that…

Recording, archiving and sharing the traditional music of East Africa Page

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…e this legacy relevant and fresh to today’s audiences. As a group of sound and video engineers, producers and musicians, we set out on this mission not to become ‘fossil collectors’ and store the recordings in inaccessible archives. We work with musicians to make sure their music traditions continue to be practiced, can be shared amongst the widest audiences and become a source of inspiration for new musicians. Here for Research? Click here! Wheth…

Day Five: January 22, 2019 Mwanza Continued Story

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…(hand whistling), Enganja: Clapper – two wooden ‘bricks’ struck together, and they wear Ebisheshe (grasses). We recorded four performances: Wachumba Walya: A song about someone who is too mean-spirited to support his community even though he has lots of money, it is about a man “who eats along, without his brother’ Ntelela Engoma: A song about living with respect to traditional ways Basigazi Fura Emyende: A song about overcoming all of life’s cha…

Here for Research? Page

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…tailed information about the performances we record, the musicians we meet and the instruments that they are playing. Alongside this, expect interviews, historical information and first hand accounts of the way East African music has developed and grown. Instruments In depth information and photography of the different musical instruments used in East Africa. This database is constantly evolving as we discover and record more instruments. The inst…

Kochia Traditional Dancers Group

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…ugmented by attention-grabbing ostrich feather headdresses (the ostrich, a symbol of beauty and courage, represents the courage they will need to entertain) and monkey fur. They are accompanied by drumming, and the Tung’, the Luo horn. You can contact the Kagan Kochia group for bookings on +254 700 600881 Sources: www.hivisasa.com www.allafrica.com Homa Bay, Kenya Leader: William Odero Ondiek…

Watmon Cultural Group Group

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the war against Idi Amin’s regime, many people were looking for an escape, and the troupe presented just such an opportunity. The group performed for President George Bush during a state visit to Uganda. They were also recorded in 2012 for the BBC’s World Routes album, presented by ethnomusicologist Lucy Duran. Their performance was described by Sounds and Colours as an ‘instrumental extravaganza’. Sources: Sounds and Colours www.dailymonitor.co.u…

Super Phoenix Band Group

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…good education. But she got pregnant after spending time with a cow herder and the father was so disappointed in her. Mukangala: This was a song made famous by Jacob Luseno and Julius Intenya when they first played together. Specifically, it refers to a rich man who askes a young man to watch after his house while he travels constantly for business. Soon the young man starts to pretend the house is his and also propositions the man’s wife to be wi…

The Northern Tribes of Uganda Album

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…nd us in Paibona, with our first introduction to Likembe music provided by the Rubanga Kingom Awach Boys. The youthful energy of Ker Kel Kwaro followed, with our third group being led by an old lady and master of the Adungu (the Acholi version of the instrument – a three stringed lyre played using the chin). Waroco Terawo were our fourth group. A long drive out west brought us to Fort Murchison and Pakwach. We went on further to Widianga village a…

Matende Culture Isukuti Youth Group Group

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…Shishebo) Chambombo (during the circumcision) Bwambo (after) Magic Moment: Kahithi returns. Kahithi had stayed with this village and band during her research and the joy of the village at her return was amazing. Everyone felt they needed to dance!…