Kenyan Penta-Diatonic String Duet
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About the Event
Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno will be joined by guest artist Izo Anyanga of Anyanga Studios to celebrate the pre-release of Rapasa’s full length debut album Tipona and offer the people of Newcastle to experience East African sound particularly from the Western part of Kenya. The duo will showcase lyre instruments of western Kenya. Rapasa’s main instrument is an eight string lyre of the Luo community called Nyatiti which is tuned in pentatonic scale while Izo Anyanga plays Litungu a 7 strings lyre tuned on the diatonic scale without the leading note. Litungu is majorly played by the Luhya community. Both Luo and Luhya tribes are located in Western Kenya. As you can imagine this makes a very special and unusual duo not seen in the UK before.
The event will present both Nyatiti and Litungu instruments, their traditions, their differences and similarities as well as challenges that artists face with writing their own original compositions to address contemporary issues of the commercialised music industry. For a Nyatiti and Litungu player living in Europe one needs to listen to its audience who will have a different relationship to them. The event will present an opportunity to discuss these topics.