Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno
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Please note that Sage Gateshead will have social distancing in place for the duration of June 2021. Tickets booked together will be sat together, with a socially distanced space between separate bookings.
When booking your tickets please observe current regulations and only book tickets as one party if all members are within one household or one bubble.
Kenyan born multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter, Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno combines original melodies inspired by traditional East African music with stories all the way from the shores of Nam Lolwe (also known as Lake Victoria). His principal instrument, the Nyatiti is an eight-stringed lyre which often animates the warm evenings of the Luoland area of Western Kenya.
Through storytelling and his distinctive, otherworldly voice, his music gives an insight into our ancestors’ wisdom. Moving from a village in Western Kenya to the North East of England on the eve of lockdown has meant adapting to a different culture, lifestyle and customs. His new album KWEChE (taboos), explores the place and role of taboo and how it feels to live away from home comforts. For his Artist in Residence showcase he is joined on stage by two North East rising stars, Frankie Archer on fiddle and John Pope on double bass, and live visuals designed by Opiyo Okach which react to the music.
KWEChE will be his third album following past commissions for BBC Earth’s Serengeti documentary and the University of York’s project Human Rights Defenders At Risk . Rapasa also participated in prestigious musician gatherings such as Making Tracks which toured across the UK, OneBeat which toured the USA, and the Nile Project in 2016.
Can’t make the live gig? Streaming passes are available!
Join us from the comfort of your own sofa for the live stream of the performance, which will be streamed as a live experience from our iconic Sage One hall. The live stream will be also be available to watch on demand for from midnight on Saturday 19 June until midnight on Sunday 27 June.
To get the best possible experience, please read our Streaming FAQs, which includes information on how to view the stream on your TV.