Kenya’s Jabali Africa Performs “Percussion Discussion” and More – Studio 4

Posted August 25th, 2014 at 8:28 pm (UTC-5)
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Before I left for Central Africa in May and June, I had the opportunity to invite a local, Washington- area Kenyan band for a music interview here at VOA headquarters. They are called Jabali Africa or The Rock of Africa. Check out this great interview and music, including an amazing instrumental piece aptly titled “Percussion Discussion” led by Joseck Asikoye.


Heather Maxwell
Heather Maxwell produces and hosts the award winning radio program "Music Time in Africa" and is the African Music Editor for the Voice of America. Heather is an ethnomusicologist with a Ph.D. from Indiana University specializing in African Music. She is also an accomplished jazz and Afrojazz/Afrosoul vocalist and has been working, researching, and performing in Africa and the U.S. since 1987.

4 Responses to “Kenya’s Jabali Africa Performs “Percussion Discussion” and More – Studio 4”

  1. Roy says:

    Nice music, I wish the youngsters here in the US could provide such grassroots and inspirational music. I remember dancing to local tunes in Mombasa, Kenya, when I was in the Navy. I often hear similarities with local songs (lyrics) from the Caribbean and Africa.
    I would like to hear the reporter, Heather, play.

    • Heather Maxwell Heather Maxwell says:

      Hello Roy,
      Glad you enjoyed Jabali Africa. You can hear me play, actually, by getting on my Youtube channel. There are several of my videos there in addition to wonderful videos of the African artists I interview and feature on my show. Thanks for sharing.

  2. MASALA RAMATHAVHA says:

    I need this kind of music ,KANINDO/ KAWERE BOYS from kenya,in South Africa you cant find it.

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