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zamaleoACT - Centre of Artistic Excellence

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Neo-Traditional African Music

Achieng BabuNEO-TRADITIONAL AFRICAN MUSIC presents talented and skilful young Eastern African musicians who play traditional African instruments. They adapt, re-arrange and reinterpret old traditional songs and melodies to give them new contemporary meanings and universal relevance. They engage in innovative experimentation, rigorous reinterpretation, adaptation, re-arrangement and presentations of music inspired by timeless African traditional influences for contemporary audiences. The widely traveled Kenge Kenge Orutu Systems (KKOS) and Bakulutu Afrika are two of the leading repertoire groups currently working in this program.

zamaleoACT consciously pursues active involvement of young people in conservation and further development of contemporary forms of African musical expressions inspired by the rich traditional practice.