Making Tracks

Rapasa Otieno

nyatiti, nyangile, vocals

Making Tracks 2019

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. Rapasa 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 2017 in the United States and collaborating with the prestigious Nile Project.