GARGAR

GARGAR

Kenya

World Traditional Fusion

Kenya

World Traditional Fusion

« Gargar » is a Somali term meaning « joining together ».

The group is mainly composed of Kenyan women of Somali origin who are actually part of a larger women’s self empowerment group from the city of Garissa, called Bismillahi Gargar which was formed in 2003 with the purpose of reminding people of their traditional culture and empower women in the community through music and crafts (mainly basketry and weaving among other economic activities).

They first gained notoriety through a Kenyan Music Programme organised by the Alliance Française of Nairobi in 2008. On this same year, they released their first album « Garissa Express », featuring their awareness hit “AIDS Wadila”.

Although their music focuses on traditional rhythms and tones, sticking to Somali language and sounds, it is arranged and recorded with modern instrumentation and arrangements.

Their work is a tribute to their hometown of Garissa and music is a way for these women to speak out loud and clear, while promoting their Kenyan-Somali culture and community.

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