One Vibe Artists

Omena Band

Omena BandOmena Band consists of Steven Kigunga Ouma, Paul Odundo Odhoge, Francis Were Owuor, Joseph Aboge Angwanga, and Zablon Ajwang Manguro. The band members are elders from Mbita, a vibrant town along Lake Victoria next to the famous Rusinga Island. Every three months, since June 2013, they travel to Kisumu to facilitate Arts Mentorship Workshops for students at One Vibe’s Music & Art Program.

Omena Band works with One Vibe to preserve the Luo culture by teaching youth how to sing in their native language, play the guitar traditionally, and preserve “Benga,” an endangered music genre from the Luo community. As stated by Tabu Osusa of Ketebul Music, “the Omena Band is definitely great in terms of originality,” which gives them a special niche in the music industry in Kenya and abroad. We continue to explore best ways of creating performance and production opportunities to ensure the band begins to support themselves through their craft.

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Orutu Culture Band

Orutu Culture BandOrutu Culture Band was created as part of One Vibe Africa’s Music & Art Program in Kisumu, Kenya. The authentic traditional African music band consists of Erick Ouma, Justus Onyango, Kevin Ochieng, Brian Oricho, Maurice Ochieng, and Evans Okoth.

Maurice Ochieng and Justus Onyango are the Orutu Culture Band leaders, they are also the lead instructors for One Vibe’s traditional African music classes, where they teach youth how to make and play Orutu, Ohangla, Nyatiti, and other traditional music instruments.

Orutu Culture Band has performed at various venues in Kisumu from Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds, during Made In Kisumu Festival, to Dunga Hill Camp. The group has just completed their debut album that’s set for release in 2016.

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