Introducing Anyango, the Nyatiti Diva

Aipate introduces Anyango the Nyatiti Diva in this Feature. 

Anyango is the world’s first female nyatiti player. The nyatiti is a traditional instrument of Luo tribe in Kenya. The harp-like instrument has traditionally been played only by men in the tribe. “Anyango” means “girl born in the morning” in Dholuo.  In 2005, she lived in the village of Luo, located in western Kenya, on her own to master the nyatiti. It was not easy to play the instrument, because it had never been played by a woman. In 2007, she became so famous all over Kenya that she appeared on TV, in newspapers and on the radio many times. She played in front of fifty thousand people at the STOP AIDS Concert held in Kenya, hosted by the United Nations.  In May 2008, she performed in front of many African leaders in a ceremony for TICAD IV.

In July 2009, she was selected as “one of the 100 Most Respected Japanese People in the World” in “Newsweek Japan”. In August, she published a book, “Yume wo Tsukamu Hosoku”. The book was ranked first in the non-fiction section of “Amazon Japan”. In September, she released her first solo album “Nyatiti Diva” and it was ranked first on Tower Record’s World Music chart in Japan.

In May 2010, she released her second album “HORIZON”. In addition, she was joined by other recording artists, such as the famous violinist Hakase Taro. In August, she appeared on a stage at the “Fuji Rock Festival”, which is the largest outdoor music festival in Japan, and she was chosen as the best act in the world music genre.

In February 2011, she left for France to make a new album. Sally Nyolo, who was a member of Zap Mama, produced this Album and recorded with Anyango at four places in France and Cameroon. In July, she released her CD “Koe wo Kikasete” and published a book “Motto Toku e”. The book was ranked firstin the music section of “Amazon Japan”. In September, she will release her third album “Teï molo”.

In August 2012, she published a book, “Anyango no Shin-Yume wo Tsukamu Hosoku”, which was ranked first in the non-fiction section of “Amazon Japan”. In July, she visited France and performed in Paris and Bordeaux. In October, she performed in Izumo-Taisha Grand Shrine, which is one of the most ancient shrines in Japan.

In 2013, regular concert named “Anyango Promenade” was held in Japan. This event is also a memorial event of Kenya’s 50th Independence Jubilee. In March, she appeared on a stage at “Mvet Art Festival” in France. In May her interview was published in “Japan Journal”, and that issue put her on the cover. During her World Tour 2013, she performed in Italy, Germany, France and Kenya. In October, she released a new album “ALEGO” in Japan. She has acted a radio personality of NHK WORLD Swahili for 3 years. A documentary of Anyango “My African Music” broadcasted via NHK WORLD TV channel.

In 2014, she will continue touring the EU, North America, Asia, and Africa. She released her 5th Album “Kilimanjaro” in autumn 2014.
anyango nyatiti divaHer Discography Includes: Kilimanjaro, Alego,Teï molo, Horizon and Nyatiti Diva

Visit her website to finf links to her music and more.

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