Rapasa Otieno


Rapasa Otieno is a Kenyan vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. His principle instrument is the nyatiti, an eight-string lyre from the lake region Lüo community of western Kenya.

He has made a career out of his passion for the preservation of local indigenous music. An accomplished educator, Rapasa has partnered with non-profit Ketebel Music as well as contemporary dance groups, art centers, schools, and orphanages in and around Nairobi with the aim of imparting venerated cultural traditions to Kenyan youth.

Rapasa has also proved himself a talented performer and earned a number of high profile honors including taking part in OneBeat 2018 in the United States and collaborating with the prestigious Nile Project.

KEKisumu, Kenya
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Profile added by Lucy Ilado on 14 Aug 2019