NDIO SASA

Bio

NDIO SASA are a truly unique international performing group based in Nairobi, Kenya, comprising members and instrumentation from Kenya, the United States and Japan. NDIO SASA blends East African percussion and Luo folks melodies, Japanese shamisen music and American clawhammer style banjo to create a unique and exciting sound.

NDIO SASA have played many venues in Nairobi and the United States, bringing the unique blend of international influences to audiences everywhere. Formed in 2016, friends Pete Larson and Colin Crowley would get together on Friday nights to record songs, which eventually led to the addition of many more musicians, which led to shows and recordings and an international fan base.

Pete Larson, a musician from the US and a long time resident of Kenya, is now one of a small handful of non-Kenyan nyatiti players, the eight stringed lyre of the Luo people of Western Kenyan. Boaz Jagingo is a renowned ohangla singer and orutu player, best known for his work in Kenge Kenge Orutu System from Kenya. Kaboge Chagala is a fixture on the Nairobi music scene and one of the finest percussionists in Kenya. Reuben Besa is ubiquitous throughout the stages of Nairobi, lending his bass skills to just about every band around. Tomo Tsukara, longtime resident of Nairobi, plays percussion and originally hails from Japan.

NDIO SASA have two recordings available on CD, “Yes…. Now” and “All We Have is Our Friends and Our Songs” both available on Dagoretti Records, a Kenya/US based music label. Forthcoming is a CD/LP featuring a collaboration between US bass player Dave Sharp and NDIO SASA, coming in August of 2019.

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Judith Bwire with Pete Larson - music in the streets of Nairobi, 2017
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KMRU - "opaque" off the new LP "opaquer" on Dagoretti Records
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NDIO SASA added 3 new videos

Heart of the Ghost Live at Rhizome with Dave Ballou
Static Static - "No Control" New on Lockdown Tapez
Dr. Pete Larson and his Cytotoxic Nyatiti Band - "Koblo"
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NDIO SASA added 2 new videos

Dr. Pete Larson and his Cytotoxic Nyatiti Band
Idle Ray - Lockdown Tapez #1

Videos

Judith Bwire with Pete Larson - music in the streets of Nairobi, 2017
KMRU - "opaque" off the new LP "opaquer" on Dagoretti Records
Heart of the Ghost Live at Rhizome with Dave Ballou
Static Static - "No Control" New on Lockdown Tapez
Dr. Pete Larson and his Cytotoxic Nyatiti Band - "Koblo"
Dr. Pete Larson and his Cytotoxic Nyatiti Band
Idle Ray - Lockdown Tapez #1
Oduor Nyagweno
Oduor Nyagweno "Dero Dechack"
Dr. Pete Larson and his Cytotoxic Nyatiti Band "Misiginebig"
Heart of the Ghost "Live in Detroit"
Makadem "Obongo Bless Me" live in Nairobi
Makadem - "Obongo Bless Me"
Dr. Pete Larson and the Snake Brigade "Koblo" - Live at the UFO Factory May 6, 2019
Dr Pete Larson and the Illicit Elapids
Shells live at Ziggy's April 18, 2019
Oduor Nyagweno at the National Theater in Nairobi, Kenya
Dave Sharp Worlds with NDIO SASA - "Jamu Kikao"
Demba: Gospel nyatiti player from Nairobi, Kenya
Dave Sharp Worlds with NDIO SASA - "Manyo Pesa Tek"
Benga in Nairobi at the Duet Club (with Dr. Pete Larson)
Grandmaster Masese - "Orogena rwa Baba" Nairobi Obokano Sounds
Oduor Nyagweno and Rapasa - Kwetu Nyawara
Streeet band in Blantyre, Malawi
Slithis Survival Kit: A horrifying new soundtrack
RAKA (US nyatiti group): Promo ad for A2 Jazz Fest
Uncommon Musics Episode 1: The Nyatiti
Raka - "Kisiwa cha siri"
Amolo Kongo - Jakim Omondi
Pete Larson - "Island Jam" from Kambanane Jamz on Dagoretti Records
NDIO SASA "Ulimi Bushi"
NDIO SASA "Okumu Mejor"
Dave Sharp Worlds with Ndio Sasa - "Anyango Rosa"
Nyatiti Stories: Makadem at Nyatiti Blues Nights
Oduor Nyagweno
Oduor Nyagweno and Pete Larson "Otieno"
Today's Nyatiti with Oduor Nyagweno
Dave Sharp Trio featuring Grandmaster Masese and Prasad Velankar
Today's Obokano - Pete Larson
Today's Nyatiti: Oduor Nyagweno with Rapasa Nyatrapasa
Somali music and dancing, details unknown
Today's Nyatiti: Nyagweno burns up with some amazing nyatiti solos
Today's Nyatiti: Makadem for NYATITI STORIES
Today's Obokano with Grand Master Masese
Today's Nyatiti with Oduor Nyagweno
RAPASA live in Kileleshwa, Nairobi 2/24/2017
Today's Nyatiti - Joseph Nyamungu (Part 2)
Today's Nyatiti: Joseph Nyamungu
Obokano jam, Nairobi, Kenya
Oduor Nyagweno and Daniel Onyango - "Maye Thumwa Manyaka Nene"
三線 Saturday in Dagoretti
Oduor Nyagweno and Daniel Onyango
Today's Nyatiti - Oduor Nyagweno
Ndio Sasa - "Center of the World"
Ndio Sasa - World Turns Apart at the National Theater, Nairobi, Kenya
NDIO SASA "On A Beach" Live at National Theatre Nairobi, Kenya ケニアに滞在してる国際的なバンドNDIO SASA。
Nyatiti by Oduor Nagweno in Kariobangi, Nairobi
Today's Nyatiti - Antoni, Nyatiti Maker
World Turns Apart - Shamisen, Banjo, Djembe in Nairobi, Kenya
"BUIBUI" - nyatiti, kalimba, djembe, and guitar in Nairobi, Kenya
Pete Larson "Cool Breeze: Shamisen Sunday"
"AMERICAN GARA" - nyatiti and guitar
Today's Nyatiti: Oduor Nyagweno busts into a new tune
Today's Nyatiti with Oduor Nyagweno "Kwetu Nyawara"
Oduor Nyagweno - Nyatiti Player in Nairobi, Kenya
KENairobi, Kenya
In operation since: 
2016

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