Interview with

Ogoya Nengo

Ogoya is in her seventies, and despite being a legend in her own country, will be going on her first European tour ever. Hailing from the village of Rang’ala on the Kenyan shores of Lake Victoria, she has been a professional singer since her early teen years and is considered to be the most prominent exponent of the vanishing art of Dodo, a musical form of spreading messages and social commentary: Her unique sound is characterized by her powerful and passionate voice and is as timeless as it is mystical. See Ogoya’s Berlin debut alongside The DoDo Women’s Group at NK on Nov. 16th, 2014.

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
My biggest inspiration in music was my parents who motivated me and great traditional music singers by that time.

How and when did you get into making music?
I got into music while singing songs that I heard from my parents at the age of 12.

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
My favorite artists are Dr. Collela Mazee, Gabriel Omollo, George Ramogi, Okatch Biggy, Franco Luambo Makiadi e.t.c

What do you associate with Berlin?
I think Berlin is a town of fun.

What’s your favourite place in your town?
My favorite place in my town is Music Theater House.

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I was to be a comedian or Radio presenter because of my sweet voice.

What was the last record you bought?
The last album I bought was by Benga artist song bird Princess Jully.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I would like to collaborate with Mr. Sven Kacirek and Stefan Schneider musicians from Germany.

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
My best gig was in Zanzibar Music Festival in 2012.

How important is technology to your creative process?
Today I can record my songs at home and I don’t need to walk to the recording studio.

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
Yes I have siblings and they are very proud of my music.

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Links:
Soundcloud Interview with Ogoya Nengo by Digital in Berlin

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