Safari Yetu describes a journey through time from when women felt like they could not engage in the arts to the point they are in now where they can easily express themselves through art. As an all female percussion band in Kenya we have gone through the challenge of being accepted in the industry for what we do which was considered to be done by men but we have proven that women too can be good percussionist.
MOTRA is an all-female percussion band based in Nairobi, Kenya. The name MoTra is derived from the words MOrdern and TRAditional music. The band thus plays African, traditional musical instruments while fusing modern, contemporary and traditional sounds of music.
It was founded on 20th November, 2015 by Matthew Rabala, Joakim Mobutu (Sese) and Kasiva Mutua who came together and decided to change the norm in the percussion industry by agreeing to form a group of female percussionists.
Culturally, in previous times, women were not permitted to play the drums. Motra has taken on a futuristic approach with their music by putting together a band consisting of female drummers. This is a first of its kind locally.
Motra is also keen to push the feminine agenda and looks to mentor young girls in the future.
Members; Wangechi Kamau, Viona Dumas, Sharon Ochieng, Latifah Muthoni, Beatrice Wangui, Anne Mwende and Tatyana Atyang’.
released April 15, 2017
Tatyana Atyang( Percusion, Vocals, Spoken word), Viona Dumas( Percussions, Vocals, Spoken word) Ann Mwende( Percussions, Vocal), Grace Wangechi( Vocals, Percussions), Sharon Ochieng( Vocals, Percussions), Beatrice Wangui(Vocals, Percussions), Mobutu Sese( Percussions), Lulu Said Abdalla(Guitarist), Mathewmatrix, Charles (Chao) Otieno.
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