Magnetizing Shakers in Kwale

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Again we had to get up very early in the morning. We went to a very small village, very close to Kwale . We met with a traditional sengenya group. One… Read the rest

islamic encounters in Lamu

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

We began the day with a boat trip to the other side of the Lamu Island: MatondoniIt took us half an hour during which we could… Read the rest

Busy Days in Malindi

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Between April and October the Galana River is home to many crocodiles and hippos. In March the weather is far too dry to attract even a… Read the rest

Mbui, Mbutch and Tempa

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

In the morning Sven went to a very small church at Takaye Village to attend a divine service. Sven is pagan and usually he doesn´t go to church. This morning he just wanted to get… Read the rest

a short night

Friday, March 13th, 2009

The last evening was very nice, but the night was definitely too short.
We were on the road to South Nyanza in the late evening. It was very dark and nothing was to be seen, so Agnieszka asked our companions: “I wonder how the people find home?” and scored a coup. They all doubled up laughing for ages and mentioned the joke on the next day again and again.
After quite a long drive on a road that was not really drivable (just barabara!) we arrived at Sero. There it turned out, that the hotel we had in mind was fully booked – and notabene it was quite late and we were in the middle of nowhere, at least in our perception. So we decided first to have a beer, while Sven and Tabu went to another place to figure out another possibility to stay overnight. A beer succeeded a beer and we talked about everything under the sun. The discussion went from politics in general to Kenya’s president Kibaki and his wife, to the capabilities of women in leadership, to the loss of culture in the younger generation and many other topics. It was so inspiring and warmhearted at the same time.

Finally we found a very cheap hotel in the already mentioned middle of nowhere. The rooms were simple but clean. At two o clock in the night it began to rain. The rain pattered on our corrugated iron roof so loudly, that we thought the Armageddon is drawing near.

At three o clock the rain stopped and we felt asleep again. Just under two hours later the owner of the hotel began to do his morning routine and the laundry just beside our room. And at half past five somebody started to listen to some Ohangla music at full volume….

After breakfast and tons of coffee we met with Onguko. Many years ago Onguko was one of the best and highly esteemed drummers of the whole Nyanza region but alcohol made a human wreck out of him. He was trembling the whole time. Finally Onguko sang two of his favourite traditional songs.


Onguko has never played on an album so far. The recording we did today is his first recording that will be published.

Dancing Neighbors [V.2]

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Today we went on… Read the rest

Kisumu countryside sessions

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

What a day! Tabu, George, Patrick, Joseph, Agnieszka and Sven went to the country side of Kenya, very close to the Lake Victoria. Joseph is working on a research project about the history and… Read the rest

1st recording at Kisumu

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Today we went to the home place of… Read the rest