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July 5, 2014

Festival Audio: Kenyan Percussion Collaboration

Photo by Hermine Dreyfuss

Photo by Hermine Dreyfuss

In a workshop about traditional percussion instruments of Kenya, performers representing the neighboring Luo and Luhya people compared their ohangla and isikuti drums, respectively. Concluding the session, moderator Tabu Asusa, founder of Ketebul Music, asked for a collaboration. “Maybe this is the first time for the Luo and Luhya to play together?” he wondered. “And here in America!”