Winyo: Benga and Traditional Music from Kenya
Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
JULY 1, 2014 at Noon, No Tickets Required
Born Shiphton Onyango, Winyo adopted the artistic name “Winyo,” which is a Luo word for “bird.” (The Luo are a tribe from the Lake Victoria region of Western Kenya.) He says that he derives his music and musical strength from his forefathers, whose African music was rich in melody and traditional harmonies. His musical styles include traditional Luo songs infused with witty storylines, Afro fusion, Afro jazz, and Benga (a mix of contemporary music with traditional Kenyan Luo music in which the guitar is played to mimic a Luo eight-string lyre called a nyatiti). Winyo sings in Dholuo, Swahili, and English. He began his career as the lead singer and composer for the band Rateng and now performs with his own four-piece band. His album, Benga Blues, was released in 2012.
Winyo will be among the Kenyan artists performing at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Kenya: Mambo Poa program. The festival will present the ways in which the people of Kenya are balancing protection of their valued cultural and natural heritage with the challenges and opportunities for change in the twenty-first century.
This program is produced in partnership with the Government of Kenya Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts.
Learn more about the Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Mambo Poa Kenya
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. All concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress). Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.