Kasiva Mutua


Kasiva Mutuashe is an international touring percussionist integrating African traditional music with modern styles such as jazz, hip-hop, reggae, funk and more. She 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.

One of only a few African women playing percussion locally and internationally. Mutua 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 called MOTRA (MOdern and TRAditional Rhythms), and is also working with an Kenyan based all-female band, The Flower Project, among others. 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, Oliver Mtukudzi, Anthony B, Bastian Baker, Dina el Wedidi, and many more. She is a member of Kenyan based Nairobi Horns Project, and backs a number of musicians in Kenya such as 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.


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Kasiva Mutua playing along to Aurlus Mabele feat. Loketo (Betty)
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Percussion Discussion (Ohangla-Luo Traditional drums, Kenya, Cajon and Djembe)


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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