This is a Kenyan band that was formed 1996 and symbolise all that is great about African traditional music. They are the guardians and masters of an ancient but living tradition- Breathing new life into Kenya’s Luo musical roots, continuing its evolution from the hand made instruments of the past.
Kenge Kenge currently is one of the groups in Kenya playing and dancing traditional music using traditional authentic instruments made by themselves. Kenge Kenge lyrical arrangement reflects lots of Influence from popular acoustic origins of Benga musical style and embrace their Luo heritage.
The group thorough mastery of the traditional Luo orutu fiddle and Nyatiti lyre has spearheaded a new way and approach to how these aged old instruments are played much to the appreciation of contemporary audiences.
Characterised by often racy and compact instrumentation, Kenge Kenge’s music infectiously invites one to the dance floor.
The word Kenge Kenge roughly translate as a medley fusion of small exhilarating ecstatic instruments.
Kenge kenge has had a numerous invitation regionally and beyond the high seas among them
- Womad festival – UK
- Way out festival – Sweden
- Roskilde festival – Denmark
- Oya festival-Norway
- Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington DC 2014
- Rainforest Festival Malaysia
- Womad Spain