Standing Rock Cultural Arts'
"Around the World" Music Series
Special added concert!
~~~Kenge Kenge Orutu System~~~
(Luo music from Nairobi, Kenya)
8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 29, 2019
North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks
///// From the Great Lakes of Africa to the Great Lakes of Ohio /////
The "Around the World" Music Series is delighted to present Kenge Kenge Orutu System, a unique Nairobi-based group whose music draws on the traditional roots of the Luo people of western Kenya, giving ancient songs new life by infusing them with the spirit of benga, Kenya's indigenous popular music form.
Since its formation in 1998, Kenge Kenge (whose name means "a fusion of small, exhilarating instruments") has performed on five continents, at such venues and festivals as Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the American Folk Festival, WOMAD, WOMEX, the Rainforest World Music Festival, and NPR's "All Things Considered."
The 5-member ensemble uses such instruments as the orutu (1-string fiddle), nyatiti (8-string lyre), oporo (cow horn), and asili (end-blown flute), and a variety of traditional percussion instruments, along with joyful traditional singing and dancing.
Kenge Kenge will also present an interactive workshop at the same location at 2:00 p.m. on June 29 ($15 for the afternoon workshop, $10 suggested donation for the evening concert, or $20 total for both). During their Northeast Ohio residency, they will also give several other performances and workshops in Kent, Akron, and Cleveland:
? Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 6 p.m. - Performance for private event at the Akron Zoo
? Sun., June 30, 2019 at 10 a.m. - Performance as part of the morning service of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, Ohio (in collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir, dir. Hal Walker)
The group's visit represents a rare opportunity to learn more about the Luo people and their ancient and fascinating culture, many aspects of which are believed to derive from Ancient Egypt. The homeland of the Luo is Kenya's westernmost region of Nyanza, which lies on the shores of Lake Victoria (the source of the Nile). Other famous people of Luo heritage include the late nyatiti player/vocalist Ayub Ogada, former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o, and former U.S. president Barack Obama.
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The North Water Street Gallery is conveniently located just a block north of the intersection of Main and Water Streets in Kent, Ohio, with free street parking on both sides of the street. Seating is limited, so arrive early for the best seats.
Established in 2015, the "Around the World" Music Series is a concert series presenting outstanding musicians from diverse cultures in an intimate setting.
Concerts are held approximately every other month in the new theater space of the North Water Street Gallery in downtown Kent, Ohio.
The series is an initiative of Standing Rock Cultural Arts, and is curated by ethnomusicologist David Badagnani. The series is made possible by the support of Drs. Terry E. and Sara Stone Miller and the Ohio Arts Council.
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