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Introducing… Nyokabi Kariũki

Kenyan composer with a penchant for the avant-garde

Nyokabi Kariũki is a Kenyan composer and performer who spends her time between New York, Maryland and Nairobi. She creates music that is quite difficult to categorise. Her vocals are like a contemporary classical choir but used in an avant-garde way. Nyokabi also uses lots of field recordings and East African musical sensibilities to create an often angelic heaven.

“Equator Song” is the latest single from her forthcoming album “Peace Places: Kenyan Memories”. It follows her debut single “Galu” last year which mixed together water, wind, cymbals and voice. Both songs are quite unlike anything else I’ve heard with some of Eska’s more abstract work being vaguely in the same ballpark. I love it when I discover a sound that feels fresh, new and exciting. Nyokabi Kariũki is exactly that.

Enjoy “Equator Song” below – the singles out now. You can preorder the album on Bandcamp.

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