Kenge Kenge


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  • country:Kenya
  • style(s):Traditional, Benga
  • label:World Music Network
  • type:Band, Composer/Songwriter
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal
  • artist submitted by:Global Heritage

Line up

  • Boniface Mango (Traditional drums, ohangala)
  • Gabriel Odhiambo (Nyatiti, lyre)
  • George Achieng (Orutu vocals)
  • Jeconiah Otieno (Orutu vocals)
  • Peter Opiyo (Orutu/vocals)
  • Peter Orinda (Oporo, horn)
  • Samuel Nyariwo (flute/asili)
  • Tobias Onyango (Drums)


Kenge Kenge symbolise all that is great about African traditional music: they are the guardians and masters of an ancient but living tradition. They breathe new life into Kenya's Luo musical roots, continuing its evolution, from the hand made instruments of the past, through the popular guitar based benga, and now returning to both re-explore the acoustic origins of benga and embrace their Luo musical heritage.
The group’s thorough mastery of the traditional Luo Orutu fiddle and Nyatiti lyre has spearheaded a new way and approach to how these age-old instruments are played, much to the appreciation of contemporary audiences. Characterized by often racy and compact instrumentation, Kenge Kenge’s music infectiously invites one to the dance floor.
Widely known within Eastern African region their debut CD has had a phenomenal reception by audiences throughout Eastern Africa region. It was released by World Music Network on their Introducing label in June 2007 to several accolades including being one of Froots CD of the month. The group comprises a team of 11 artists including highly energetic and skilled dancers.
Kenge Kenge roughly translates as “a medley fusion of small exhilarating ecstatic instruments”