Weddings are cultural by nature. Whether you choose to go for an African traditional theme or not, the underlying cultural values of the community must come to the fore. This explains the nature of music at many wedding receptions, where folk songs from the couples’ communities of origin tend to be a permanent fixture.
In keeping with this cultural tendencies at African weddings, Ninga Melodies are often the music group of choice in as far rendition of African choral music is concerned. But how relevant is this whole construct? Should’t the turn of the century have changed things around? Here are some insights:
Expression of Identities and Passions
African choral music has an unparalleled ability to portray the identities and passions that any community is known for. Kenya is blessed with a multiplicity of cultures, spanning across 42 different communities. Its only through the communities’ expressive and culturally rich music that the value systems and traditions embraced by these communities can be shown.
Unity in Diversity
Ninga has a collection of singers drawn from varied communities in the country. This gives the group a strong grasp on the diverse songs sang across the country. Picture a situation where a fusion of songs from as many as five different communities is on display. The sense of belonging, friendship and camaraderie at such an event will be at all time high. By belting out diverse songs from communities across the country, Ninga melodies play a role, in no small way, in bringing people together and enhancing unity of purpose.
African cultural music tends to be neutral in many aspects; devoid of religious or philosophical inclinations. A Christian, Muslim and Buddhist can easily interact and have fun at an event. The music echoes across their religious divides, only reminding them of how beautiful their coexistence is.
Younger generations that have grown up in the digital age also seem to be receptive to different cultures. This opens room for cross-generational music appeal. Remixes of oldies have particularly been well received, a testament to the immense value of African choral music. As a group, Ninga Melodies have perfected the art of incorporating nice twists into these songs in order to make them resonate with individuals from all generations.