KOROGA based on a Swahili word that literally translated as ‘stir’ is a Kenyan term for having a cook-out, getting together and sharing a good laugh over a meal and drinks while outdoors.
I get to attend the Koroga Festival held at the Nairobi Arboretum on the 15th of this month.
Despite its name, Koroga Festival is a music and not food event. There is food though. One thing I learnt from the last event is DO NOT carry any food or drinks (the organizers have conveniently forgotten to mention this in the posters or ads…smh).
If you want to get a seat then you best arrive early. We are late but manage to grab some seats. Carry a picnic mat just in case.
Aaron Rimbui a Kenyan pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and producer is first on stage. As he performs I decide to get some food and head to the Kikopey stand. They are selling nyama choma (barbequed meat) a Kenyan delicacy and best part is they let you sample the meat before you buy.
I also pick a burger from the Farmers Choice stall
I get back to watch the last of Aaron’s performance and there is a short interlude before The Villagers Band gets on stage.
Koroga Festival is a family friendly event; there is a play area for kids. Do keep an eye on them though.
There are a couple of stalls selling clothes so if you’re up for a bit of shopping then they have you sorted
Next on stage is Eric Wainaina a Kenyan singer-songwriter.
The last and headlining act is Baaba Maal a Senegalese singer and guitarist. A superstar in his native Senegal, Baaba Maal was not even born to be a performer — in West African culture, tradition dictates that the ancient griot caste must produce the singers and storytellers, and Maal was born in the city of Podor in 1953 into the fisherman’s caste. Despite his parents’ insistence that he become a lawyer, he grew up surrounded by music, absorbing both the traditional sounds of the region as well as American R&B and soul, later discovering jazz and blues. Sample one of his tracks here.
His band is amazing and super energetic
To the right the Kora player, the middle the Djembe drum player. The Djembe drum originally from the Malinke peoples of West Africa, can produce a wide variety of sounds, making it a most versatile drum. The drum is very loud, allowing it to be heard clearly as a solo instrument over a large percussion ensemble. Check out my Instagram to see the amazing skills of the Djembe drummer.
His performance gets most of the crowd standing and would probably want to sing along but cannot since the music is in wolof language.
Hundreds attend the second edition of the Koroga Festival which is dedicated to fathers as the world marks Father’s Day. The guests get to enjoy the music of some of the most well-known performers such as special guest Baaba Maal a multi-award winning artiste from Senegal.
Overall the event is awesome; and thanks to my portable Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Camera phone I am able to effortlessly capture every moment.
Have you been to any music festival recently?
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