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Spotlight on Kenyan Music: Coastal Taarab and Mwanzele Connect with Oud, May 14 2016 @ Alliance Française
Date:Saturday, May 14 2016
Venue: Alliance Française Gardens
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: KES 800 at the Gate
A journey of musical innovation and evolution with French-Tunisian oud maestro Jean-Pierre Smadja (aka Smadj), Mwanate Kibwana and Mbarak Ali Haj of Lelele Afrika, Bado Mzungugiriama, renowned jazz pianist, Aaron Rimbui, Coke Studio’s bass guitarist, Asaph Uzele and the Tanzanian drummer Emmanuel Yakobo.
The concert will be a culmination of a week long musical encounter transcending geographical and cultural boundaries.
It promises to be a rich musical mix of the sounds of the age old Middle Eastern instrument ‘the oud’, melodious taraab and rythmic mwanzele beats and jazzy groves.
What better way to spend a Saturday evening!
The Spotlight on Kenyan musical journey is a discovery of Kenya’s musical diversity, born of a cross-pollination of modern, contemporary music fused with local influences. It is a unique initiative in the region which has consistently developed, exposed and promoted local musical traditions as a resource for innovation and creativity. Its 10-year long span would not have been possible without the dedicated support of French cultural cooperation in Kenya and Total Kenya Ltd, the cooperation of the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts as well as the partnership with Ketebul Music. It is fitting therefore that the programme’s 10th anniversary is marked at the 2015 Total Motor Show coinciding with the 60th anniversary celebrations of Total’s operations in Kenya.
Two afternoons of live performances by several Spotlight stars will celebrate this milestone which has become a platform for the development of genuine Kenyan musical identity ensuring that Kenyan music remains discernable on the international music scene.
Gargar, is an all-female Kenyan quartet which came to the limelight with their song Aids Wadilla through the 2008 Spotlight on Kenyan Music project. They are getting ready to leave for France where they have been selected to participate in the 2014 Babel Med Festival and the ‘Couleursdu Monde’ Festival.
Gargar means joining together in Somali. This quartet from Garissa is part of larger Somali women’s self-help and economic empowerment group. Gargar’s music can be described as contemporary folk and is a beautiful arrangement of traditional Somali music to modern rhythms. With a touch of Horn of Africa sounds, Gargar is the first Kenyan group to participate at the 10th Babel Med World Music Festival in Marseille.
Nominated for the “Orange” Award at the Babel Med Festival in Marseille (March 20-22, 2014) and the “World Music Award” at the Couleurs du Monde Festival in Brittany (March 27-30, 2014)
Performances by: Luworo Cultural Group from Taveta, Basuba Boni Group from Lamu, Nyerere wa Konde from Kilifi and Chakacha Musician Bado from Mombasa accompanied by Afro Simba Band