Giving a trendy sound to traditional ohangla music

Ohangla star Elisha Okuku, best known as Mtoto wa Shule. He is changing the face of ohangla music by combining its rhythm with rumba tunes. PHOTO | JOSIAH MWANGI

What you need to know:

  • The modernisation of ohangla tunes has led to the creation of music loved by people of all ages, and its dancing style changed.
  • According to Simon Ndirangu, a local music producer, the current ohangla music is a sharp contrast from the code that guided it before its modernisation.

Ohangla artistes have been striving to change the face of the once traditional musical genre. Since the days when instruments like the drum, flute and lyres were the main ohangla accompaniments, digital emancipation has transformed the age old genre popular on the shores of Lake Victoria.


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