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  Music of Kenya - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kenya's diverse ethnic groups each have their own folk music traditions, though most have declined in popularity in recent years as gospel music became more popular.
Music was also used for ritual' purposes like chasing away of evil spirits(nyawawa), who visit the village at night, in rain making and during divinations and healing.
Taarab is a mixture of influences from Arabic, Indian and Mijikenda music.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Music_of_Kenya   (1955 words)

 VOICES 1.1-Reporting on Music Therapy in Kenya
Since music is a vital form of healing, we felt it was imperative that we should endeavour to develop this discipline for the benefit of the traumatized children.
In considering music therapy in Kenya, its future and its past, it is essential that an appreciation of its cultural environment and evolution be taken into account.
Swahili is Kenya's national language and the refugees have the obligation to try and learn the language to ease their communication with the Kenyan people.
www.voices.no /mainissues/mitext11akombo.html   (2096 words)

 Kenya : Music
There are over 40 regional languages in Kenya and musicians from at least a quarter of these (usually, those with the largest populations) are making recordings in their mother tongues.
Examples of their music are not readily available for this period but one characteristic of their style caught on in Kenya and remains a key feature in most Kenyan music today.
It is Christian music that could be choir music combining both European harmonic elements and African rhythms and melodies (as in Muungano National Choir) or it might be a choir featuring a lead vocalist, guitars, bass, and drum kit (as with IFC choir).
www.afromix.org /html/musique/pays/kenya/index.en.html   (2349 words)

 Music of Kenya
Out of all the African countries, Kenya has perhaps the most diverse assortment of popular music forms, in addition to multiple types of folk music.
In the 1950s, Congolese guitarists like Jean Bosco Mwenda[?] and Zambian artists like Nashil Picken[?] moved to Kenya and became important in the development of benga and its development from South African kwela[?] and other sources.
By the end of that decade, commercial recording was common and African music was selling moderately well in Europe, especially the Congolese Zairean sound[?].
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/ke/Kenyan_music.html   (220 words)

 00.05.07: The Sound Of Music In Kenya
Kenya is on the east coast of Africa with the equator running through the middle.
Reed pipes are not as widespread or significant as the flute.
The Music of Kenya is an introduction to the music of Africa for the general reader and the college student.
www.yale.edu /ynhti/curriculum/units/2000/5/00.05.07.x.html   (5632 words)

 music copyright society of kenya
Kenya is situated in East Africa and its people truly believe that “when God made heaven he copied Kenya!” The country is renowned for its diverse and stunning landscapes, its teeming wildlife, endless powder white sandy beaches and last but not least its friendly, gentle and hospitable people.
The music of Kenya is diverse beginning with the Taarab beats that are dominant in the Indian Ocean town of Mombassa.
The benga beats with their catchy rumba tunes were first popularised by the musicians in western Kenya and it became trendy that the benga was absorbed into rumba tunes of Congolese maestros such as the late Franco and Tabu Ley.
www.mcsk.or.ke   (219 words)

 Kenya - Photos, Maps, Videos, Flags, Facts, More -- National Geographic
The East African country of Kenya rises from a low coastal plain on the Indian Ocean to mountains and plateaus at its center.
Tourism is essential to the economy, and Kenya is one of Africa's major safari destinations.
Discover the official—and unofficial—city of Nairobi, Kenya's capital city that was born of an iron snake.
www3.nationalgeographic.com /places/countries/country_kenya.html   (505 words)

 Music and Dance in Kenya   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The rise of Christianity greatly increased the popularity of gospel music in general and choral music in particular.
Their influence on Kenyan music was considerable, and much of popular Kenyan music derives its central rhythms and guitar lines from Congolese pop.
As music in Kenya continues to grow and evolve, and opportunities for young talented Kenyans increase, the future sounds great.
kenya.com /music.html   (1161 words)

 Taita feature articles - Use of Drumming as Cure for Children with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - Traditional Music ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Musical interventions may help prevent chronic forms of PTSD and should be part of public health responses to groups at risk such as disaster victims.
As part of my study of the use of music in health with Dr. Miriam Zach of the University of Florida School of Music, I have in the fall semester of 2003 devoted two hours weekly to the Intensive Pediatric Care Unit (IPCU) of Shands Hospital of the University of Florida.
He is the founder of Music Therapy International (MTI), a dynamic not-for-profit organization designed to provide music healing services to the underprivileged both in the USA and in Africa.
www.bluegecko.org.cob-web.org:8888 /kenya/tribes/taita/articles-akombo.htm   (2762 words)

 Kenya Radio Station
You will find this Kenya radio station on the internet with wonderful, energetic, funny DJ’s who play the everyday TOP 7 hits, which are a mixture of up to date popular music and local artists that are just fabulous.
Music is at its core, but this is augmented by other distinctive public service elements, including up-to-date local and internatiobnal news, features and informative advice campaigns on issues that matter to the listeners.
The Africa Channel is a showcase for the African continent's most outstanding English language television series, specials, documentaries feature films, music, event specials, biographies, soap operas, current business analysis, cultural and historical programs?..shows that reflect the people of Africa, their incredible stories, their daily lives, their music and art, their successes, celebrations and challenges.
www.kenyatravelideas.com /kenyaradiostation.html   (585 words)

 Douglas Paterson on African Music, East African Music - Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Douglas Paterson is a cultural anthropologist and ethnomusicologist with a geographic specialization in East African Music with emphasis on Kenya and Tanzania.
Music and other art forms are an inseparable part of their lives.
Music is one of the art forms embedded in the diverse cultures of African peoples and their traditions, beliefs, values, religions and artistic expression.
www.clubafrika.com /douglaspaterson   (828 words)

 World Music Central - The Rough Guide To The Music Of Kenya
In addition, taarab music — a mixture of Indian Ocean and coastal traditions — and rumba-based Swahili and Lingala music are phenomenally popular.
She has won several awards from the Music Copyright Society Of Kenya and the Music Composers’ Association, and she writes about love, events and people’s behaviour.
Taarab is the popular music of Kenya’s Islamic Swahili people and that of the East African coastal region.
www.worldmusiccentral.org /article.php?story=20040503191426242   (789 words)

 Wahomes Kenya - Music Links   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
It was great to see how the music industry in growing in Kenya, the movie itself is pure nostlagia, seeing the Ma-3's, city sights and sounds really takes you back.
It has links to bio's, music, pictures as well as the band mission with the music the produce.
The music and pictures are definitely worth a look, there is a listing of upcoming gigs to.
www.wahomeskenya.com /links_music.asp   (497 words)

 CD Baby: VARIOUS KENYAN ARTISTS: Music From Kenya Volume 1 - from eastafricanmusic
The "Music from Kenya" compilation series captures the vast talent in Kenya that has otherwise gone unnoticed.
The goal is to keep quality music from yesteryears from becoming extinct while giving the urban Beat a chance to thrive in an ever changing music industry.
East Africa and it's music will always bring fond memories as I was born there.
www.cdbaby.com /cd/kenyancomp/from/eastafricanmusic   (205 words)

 CD Baby: Kenya - from kenyahalloffame
With his upbeat attitude and passion for music, Victor Sila sings to express, rather than to please; his music could be compared to that of the artist Sade, Maxwell, or The Brand New Heavies, but with more energy in his rhythms.
SANA style of music that is a fusion of classical reggae, hymnal, doo wop, and Benga (African style) music.
Doreen Selly hails from Kenya with a style of hip hop and r $ b gospel and soul music, combining dancehall and reggae tunes.
www.cdbaby.com /places/5KE0/from/kenyahalloffame?new_sess=1   (752 words)

 Kenya Music
Traditionally, Kenya music centered on drumming and dance, often accompanied by humming, chatting and singing.
Apart from the drums, other musical instruments include variations on flute, lyres and guitars, which may be seen in the National Museums of Kenya among their ethnic exhibits.
Recent years have seen an increase in FM radio stations throughout urban Kenya, and now Kenyan artists are at the forefront of the Kenyan music scene.
www.kenyatravelideas.com /kenya-music.html   (631 words)

 World Music Central - Kenya Feel the Spirit?
The tightly syncopated, guitar-percolating style known as benga is the popular music most closely associated with the East African nation of Kenya, originating in the traditional music of that country's Luo people before going on to be big nationwide.
Benga has something of the same bounce as South African mbaquanga music, and the opening example by one Queen Jane lays a sprightly foundation for further scorchers by Kakai Kilonzo and D.O. Misiani, both of whom also have a hint of rumba in their selections.
In all, a very rich sampling of a country whose music isn't as widely available as some others on the African continent but has every right to be.
www.worldmusiccentral.org /article.php?story=2004052402002029   (366 words)

 All Things Kenyan - The Rough Guide to The Music of Kenya and Tanzania   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
One song, Vunja Mifupa by Samba Mapangala is of the style one would hear around Kenya in the early 1990's - the time I was living there.  You could hear this infectious fast paced music blaring from matatus all over the country.
The liner notes for this CD were not clear as to which songs were from Kenya and which were Tanzanian.  That's something I'd would have like to have known.
This compact disc is a music sampling of the various styles of music found in Kenya and Tanzania.
allthingskenyan.com /music-roughguide.html   (228 words)

 People and Culture of Kenya
The Kikuyu homelands, in the foothills of Mount Kenya, are still some of the most intensively farmed areas of the country.
Found mainly in Southern Kenya, the Massai believed that their rain God Ngai granted all cattle to them for safe keeping when the earth and sky split.
After traveling and living among the Turkana of northwestern Kenya over the course of more than 40 years, Nigel Pavitt now presents a book which describes and pictures their daily battle to keep their traditional ways alive.
www.africaguide.com /country/kenya/culture.htm   (1388 words)

 Kenya Music Week ~ News & Articles
The upcoming 2 nd Annual KENYA MUSIC WEEK 2005 promises to be entertaining for the whole family with Showcase Performances at 11am, 1pm and 4pm every day from Thursday 8 th to Sunday 11 th December at the Sarit Centre Expo Hall in Nairobi.
And this year there will be a live music Showcase Stage, to accommodate those artists who perform with full bands, constructed at the rear of the Trade Exhibition Hall in a new Sarit Centre extension where sound can be better managed.
Music and Entertainment Limited and Triple P Kenya Publicists established in 2004 to develop the Kenya Music Industry into a professional, transparent and profitable business via the focused co-operation of all industry stakeholders (i.e.
www.kenyamusicweek.com /live.htm   (311 words)

 Music Of Kenya - Africa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
.This album surverys the Egyptian Music scene, the spiritual home of Arabic music, from Cairo and Alexandria in the North, to Nubia.an invigorating sample of East African sounds, both traditional and modern, from Kenya and.Zimbabwe is a hotbed of vibrant, infectious music, reflected in this compilation of some of the country's.
Kenya & Africa Music - Music from Kenya
From western Kenya, this trio keeps alive a style of music they pioneered in the 1960s and early 70s.
africas-children.com /200606/music_of_kenya.php   (509 words)

 Music Review - Kenya & Tanzania Witchcraft & Ritual Music - African Culture
David Fanshawe traveled to Kenya and Tanzania to record indigenous music.  Witchcraft & Ritual Music is the culmination of his work.  This CD consists of sixteen tracks.  All but one is recorded in Kenya. 
The tracks are music from various healing ceremonies, initiation rites, weddings, funerals, and folk music.  Many of these traditions have gone by the wayside as western culture has crept in.
The first song is Ngoma ra mrongo performed by members of the Taita tribe.  You can hear in the background a chorus of people singing. In the foreground is a woman shouting and at the end of this clip you hear a whistle along with drums and rattles.  Listen...
www.bellaonline.com /ArticlesP/art20697.asp   (283 words)

 Kenyan Website: Kenyan Music
- "Kenya's music scene is rich and diverse, with musical styles ranging from Swahili tarabu music of the coast to Luo benga music from the lakes region.
- "Tarab or Tarabu Music in Swahili, is one of the most ancient forms of entertainment on the Eastern Coast of Africa from Kismayo at the Southern tip of Somalia to Sofala in Mozambique.
Tarabu Music is a fusion of Swahili tunes sung in rhythmic poem spiced with Arabic or at times Indian melodies.
kenyan.8m.com /kenmusic.htm   (310 words)

 Kenyan Music
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This CD is a collection of field recordings of everyday people playing their music in the process of performing their sacred rituals.
This is African music at its best, full of vivacity, melody, enthusiasm and most important of all, a mesmerizing beat.
www.africaguide.com /country/kenya/music.htm   (487 words)

 Kenya Music Week ~ Home
From veteran rapper – Abbas, to upcoming afro-fusion artist – Zippy, the 3rd Annual KENYA MUSIC WEEK literally has the A to Z of Kenyan artists performing on its showcase stage....
As ambassadors of their music culture, local musicians would be invited to perform on a perpetual stage throughout Kenya Music Week.
Kenya Music Week Limited is working to develop the Kenya Music Industry into a professional, transparent and profitable business via the focused co-operation of all industry stakeholders (i.e.
www.kenyamusicweek.com   (288 words)

 Music and Dance - Culture - Kenya - Africa
Music and Dance - Culture - Kenya - Africa
Distinctive forms of music and dance are associated with each of Kenya’s ethnic groups, and traditional music has flourished since independence.
Kenya also has a thriving industry in popular music, which combines Western and African influences.
www.countriesquest.com /africa/kenya/culture/music_and_dance.htm   (56 words)

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