NAIROBI (Reuters) – Standing outside a cow pen in an east Kenyan village, six-year old Kasiva Mutua started to notice rhythms.
FILE PHOTO: Percussionist Kavisa Mutua and the founder of an all female percussionist group, Motra, attends a training session at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi, Kenya February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi
The wind blowing, a goat bleating, distant laughter. And where they crisscrossed – more rhythm.
Mutua, now 31, felt she had a special relationship with sound and tempo – one that propelled her to become Kenya’s leading female percussionist in a country where drumming was long considered taboo for women.
She started playing percussion seriously in high school, after seeing the rare sight of a female drummer.
“What she was doing called me. Like when people say the lord has called them – it called me in that manner,” said Mutua, who has a gap-toothed smile under short black dreadlocks and a silver hoop nose ring.
She began performing…
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