Ohangla consists of more than 8 drums hit by a stick and a cylindrical shoulder slung drum played normally to the accompaniment of flute, Nyatiti or kinanda. Tony Nyadundo, Osogo Winyo and Onyi Papa Jey are among the best known Ohangla musicians.
This authentic African instrument is designed to stretch the boundaries of what is sonically capable in the real world. Aiming to redefine the relationship between the acoustic quality and electronic manipulation. This instrument is available free of charge, however a small donation would be greatly appreciated to assist in the creation of future instrument racks.
The original Ohangla style has a very fast tempo in nature and vulgar messages conveyed in the music. Local elders used to ban Ohangla music in the early 80’s. Because the music was meant for adults. “the songs can only be interpreted by very intelligent or mature people, but not children or teenagers” says Juma Oketch a ohangala band vocalist based in Nairobi.
This instrument was recorded in September 2015 in Nairobi Kenya for Santuri Safari by Emile Hoogenhout. Moses Ochieng is the featured musician that helped to capture the essence of the Ohangla drums.
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