Creative Photography In Kenya :: Nyatiti African Musical Instrument
Creative Photography In Kenya :: Nyatiti African Musical Instrument Photomagic Lifestyle Portrait Studios
How would you define nyatiti?
The Nyatiti is a five to eight-stringed plucked lyre from Kenya. It is a classical instrument played by the Luo people of Nyanza Kenya, typically in Benga music. It is about two to three feet long. The player holds it to his chest while seated on a low stool. Usually, it is played together with the oporo,a curved horn.
The Nyatiti played by the Luos is mostly 8-stringed. The stool that the player usually sits on is traditionally known as “Orindi”. Orindi is a three-legged stool as low as the shin level of the player. The player sits down and puts down the instrument in front of him. On the toe of the player is a round-iron ring (nut-like) that produces a constant beat as he/she hits the lower bar of the instrument with it. On the same leg is “Gara”, a bell that shakes all throughout the playing period. Most players wear a headgear called “Kondo” on their heads mostly made from some animal skin. The dancers tie ‘Owalo’ on their waist as they dance to the beautiful tune of Nyatiti.