Kenge Kenge: Music is a Universal Language

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Led by Hal Walker, Mike Hovancsek and “Kenge Kenge”

There has been a major change in our plan for this Sunday morning’s service.  A wonderful group of musicians from Kenya are in town for the week and they are looking forward to joining us and leading our Sunday morning service.Please join Hal Walker, Mike Hovancsek and “Kenge Kenge” in a very special and unique worship service this Sunday morning at 10:00 am. 

Kenge Kenge Orutu System isa 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.

Summer Sunday service is offered at 10 AM with nursery care available during the service.

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