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Kigamba (Ciigamba - plural)
Kibege/Kifege

Keep the tin after ghee use

There has been adaptation in name from Kibege which is pronounced Kifege to Kigamba. Kigamba is single and Ciigamba are many. It is solely used by the kikuyu community of Kenya. There has been some evolution in materials used for this instrument, supposedly the fabrication process shifted too. Mabati was the source of making the body of Kibege whereas Kigamba uses chuma - metal. It is still observed that recycled tins from cooking oil, cocoa drinking chocolate tins are widely used. Inside the tin there are dried seeds from birds of paradise plant that produces a rattle sound. 

Two types of traditional dance seem to be used with Kigamba.

Muchung’wa dance uses a specific fabricated tin that appears to be square or rectangle shaped towards the side that is attached to the leg.

Kibuiya dance for kids which is known as children’s first dance in a Kikuyu community of which they tie the small tin rattle on their right leg to stamp as an accompaniment.

Nguthia is a popular kids song that they sing to congratulate the parents on a good harvest. 

 

Thu Tinda!!!

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Nyatiti

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Oduong'o

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Tung'

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Orutu

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Nyangile

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Gara

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Obokano

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Peke

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Kayamba

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Kigamba

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