JOPANGO single is OUT
As we approach the Festive season, here is a treat from Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno with his new single JOPANGO out on the 30th of November 2022.
Rapasa's sound is anchored in traditional East African music and storytelling. JOPANGO is a teaser from the Album bearing the same name which is inspired by the Benga genre from his childhood and which will be released at the end of 2023. In this Christmas piece, he tells the story of JOPANGO. Christmas is a wonderful time. Yet, for Jopango, it is not always the easiest time. Who is Jopango? In Dholuo language, the word jopango is derived from pango. It means one who lives in the city. The song highlights the difficulties that city dwellers are facing when running projects in the village remotely. The prices always seem to go up just because you are a Japango. Going home “dala”can also be challenging as expectation runs high, it can be especially daunting ahead of the Christmas season. This difficult scene is balanced by the rich, light and joyful melody.
“I was lucky with the music this week in terms of me seeking to play more clearly African inspired and rooted music”
Debbie Golt Resonance FM - Nov 2022
Nyatiti NyaDala Director
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and contemporary dancer from Kenya, Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno is the founder of Nyatiti NyaDala and virtuoso of the nyatiti, a traditional eight-string lyre from the shores of Nam Lolwe (Kenya’s Lake Victoria). The music he creates is deeply rooted in traditional storytelling from the Lüo community, nilotes who also settled in Western Kenya and who are known to play the nyatiti.
He will facilitate for your mind to travel through his music and storytelling and perhaps you might find yourself reaching your roots. His talent in captivating the young generation makes his animated school workshops an experience children will not forget.
In this work Rapasa is looking back at his tradition and what he learnt at a young age from his elders and from growing up in rural Western Kenya. Having moved away from his natal province the artist is reflecting on KWEChE.