Kapsabet Nandi district Kenya

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Kamano | East African

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ILAM

Praise song with Kipukandet 5 string lyre (5 or 6 string pentatonic lyre used by Nandi tribe in Kenya, also known as Kibugantet and Chepkong.) This lyre is strummed like a guitar with the right hand, the left hand stopping the five strings, like the Bongwe zither of Nyasaland. This gave 2 chords. Notes 1, 3 and 5 and notes 2 and 4. One string, they said, was missing, the lower octave of number 1. The scale was: 308, 256, 232, 206, 180, (154) vs.

The tune comes from the Luo people in the valleys below but has had Nandi words put to it. It is a song of praise for the Nandi country and other places which the singer and his audience have visited.

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Akito Arap Yeko (Performer)

1950-09-09 East African | ILAM | Kapsabet Nandi district Kenya | Nandi | Praise song | Yeko, Akito Arap
Arap Kapero | East African

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ILAM

A topical song with Kipukandet 6 string bowl lyre (5 or 6 string pentatonic lyre used by Nandi tribe in Kenya, also known as Kibugantet and Chepkong.) One day a friend called on Arap Kapero unexpectedly. He sang "Had I a shilling I would have bought flour to make bread for you." The accompaniment of this song is interesting for the extra half bar just prior to the start of each verse.

Kipkeino Arap Rop (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-00-00 East African | ILAM | Kapsabet Nandi district Kenya | Nandi | Rop, Kipkeino Arap | Topical song
Chepulon | Kenyan

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ILAM

Heroic song with Kipukandet, 6 string bowl lyre ((5 or 6 string pentatonic lyre used by Nandi tribe in Kenya, also known as Kibugantet and Chepkong.) This lyre is strummed like a guitar with the right hand, the left hand stopping the five strings, like the Bongwe zither of Nyasaland. This gave 2 chords. Notes 1, 3 and 5 and notes 2 and 4.

The local hero Chepulon is a national legendary figure whose exploits are held up to the young men to emulate. In such ways are tribal manners and codes of behaviour instilled into the younger generation.

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Kiplakat Arap Tanui (Performer)
Kiplakat Arap Tanui (Composer)

1950-09-09 Heroic song | ILAM | Kapsabet Nandi district Kenya | Kenyan | Nandi | Tanui, Kiplakat Arap
Chepchoni Marinda | East African

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ILAM

Praise song with Kipukandet 5 string lyre (5 or 6 string pentatonic lyre used by Nandi tribe in Kenya, also known as Kibugantet and Chepkong.) This lyre is strummed like a guitar with the right hand, the left hand stopping the five strings, like the Bongwe zither of Nyasaland. This gave 2 chords. Notes 1, 3 and 5 and notes 2 and 4. One string, they said, was missing, the lower octave of number 1. The scale was: 308,256,232,206,180, (154) vs. The Nandi, like the Kipsigis, their relatives, are given to singing praise songs about people and places familiar to them and beloved by all. This is an example of such a song in which people, places and chiefs all come in for approbation and appreciation.

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Malakwen Chepsaikut (Performer)
Composer not specified

1950-00-00 Chepsaikut | ILAM | Kapsabet Nandi district Kenya | Kenyan | Malakwen | Nandi | Praise song
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