Kasiva Mutua

Bio

Kasiva Mutua may have learned drumming from folktales told by her grandmother, but has developed her own knack for powerful beats. One of Kenya’s leading percussionists and drummers, her expressive playing can tell a story on its own, or keep a band perfectly in the pocket.

Today, she’s an international touring percussionist, integrating African traditional music with modern styles such as jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, funk and more. One of only a few African women playing percussion continentally and internationally, Kasiva plays music to celebrate her community’s spirit and elevate the place of the African woman in music. She’s involved in numerous intercultural musical collaborations including The Nile Project, 1Beat, x-Jazz women, Coke Studio Africa, etc. The Kenya native co-founded an all-female percussion group, MOTRA (MOdern and TRAditional rhythms), which involves drumming mentorship and sisterhood.

She was named a TED Global Fellow in 2017 and an OkayAfrica 100 Woman in 2018.

Kasiva has also played in a number of festivals continentally and internationally including Global Fest, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Sauti Za Busara, The Holland Festival, Asheville Percussion Festival, SAKIFO, ZAKIFO, among others, and has worked with reputable musicians such as Kirk Whalum, the late Oliver Mtukudzi, Anthony B, Bastian Baker, Nomoucounda Cissoko, Thais Diarra, and many more. She is a member of Kenyan based Nairobi Horns Project, and backs a number of musicians in Kenya such as The Safaricom Choir, Maia and the Big Sky, Fadhilee Itulya, Silayio, Kidum, etc.

Citing the girl child and gender equality as issues she is passionate about, Kasiva continues to motivate women to diversify their positions in music and inspire the young generation to continue preserving their culture.

Kasiva Mutua released her debut project EP, NGEWA on March 25th 2022. NGEWA which means stories in her native language, fuses different percussion elements as she tells the stories and experiences of her percussion journey and the stories of people and cultures she has interacted with. This EP is an experience woven with a lot of passion, a life-long love for drumming and storytelling all put together in an offering of celebration, homage and never-ending tales.

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Vibe Na Queen Season 2 - Episode 3 - MutindI Tindi
Vibe Na Queen Season 2- Episode 1- Akoth Jumadi
Kasiva Mutua Live Stream
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Kasiva Mutua - Uhuliranga (Official Audio)
Kasiva Mutua - Bam Chikicha (Official Audio)
Kasiva Mutua - Bantu (Official Audio)
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Kasiva Mutua - Conundrum (Official Audio)
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Kasiva Mutua - Hakukole (Official Video)

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Percussion Discussion (Ohangla-Luo Traditional drums, Kenya, Cajon and Djembe)
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Videos

Vibe Na Queen Season 2 - Episode 3 - MutindI Tindi
Vibe Na Queen Season 2 - Episode 2 - Olivia Ambani
Vibe Na Queen Season 2- Episode 1- Akoth Jumadi
Kasiva Mutua - Bantu (Official Audio)
Kasiva Mutua - Babu (Official Audio)
Kasiva Mutua - Uhuliranga (Official Audio)
Kasiva Mutua - Bam Chikicha (Official Audio)
This is NGEWA!
Kasiva Mutua - Conundrum (Official Audio)
Kasiva Mutua - Hakukole (Official Video)
Kasiva Mutua - Hakukole (Official Audio)
"Everything Jägermeister" by Kasiva Mutua (inspired by Jägermeister)
"Cheers to Mo' Life" by Kasiva Mutua (inspired by Jägermeister)
"Goodnight Meister" by Kasiva Mutua (inspired by Jägermeister)
"The Feel Good Meister" by Kasiva Mutua (inspired by Jägermeister)
"African Meister" by Kasiva Mutua (inspired by Jägermeister
Vibe na Queen Ep 5 - The Recap
Vibe na Queen Ep 4 - MOTRAMUSIC
Never Lose Your Soul (Lokua Kanza) song cover by Kasiva Mutua
Wape by Kasiva Mutua (made by Acapella App)
Vibe na Queen Ep 3 - Shitaqua
Vibe na Queen Ep 2 - Ivy Alexander
Vibe na Queen Ep 1 - Labdi
Kasiva Mutua Live Stream
Percussion Cover on LP Baby Bongos “Mind Your Business” by Prince Ndedi Eyango
Kasiva Mutua - Cajon jam to Ndolo Bukate by Charlotte Dipanda
Motra Music - Rehearsals
Kasiva Mutua Percussion Cover - Sun-El Musician remix feat Oumou Sangaré - Yere Faga
Kasiva Mutua playing along to Aurlus Mabele feat. Loketo (Betty)
Kasiva Mutua solo
Kasiva Mutua named as one of OkayAfrica100Women 2018.
MOTRA live at the Jam Session at The Alchemist, Nairobi.
Dobet Gnahore performs at Joe's Pub, Newyork
Kasiva Mutua (Kenyan female percussionist) and Mathewmarix Rabala(drummer)
Kasiva Mutua (female percussionist from Kenya)
Kenyan Percussion and Drum jam with Kasiva Mutua (Percussionis)t and Mathewmatix Rabala(drummer)

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KENairobi, Kenya
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2013

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