Duelling African Lyres: The Ancient Egyptian Lyre and the Kenyan Obokano

Michael Levy & Nick Vest

The ancient Egyptian lyre and the Kenyan Obokano - two magnificent African lyres, separated in time by 3,500 years, are finally brought together!

Two magnificent African lyres, separated in time by 3,500 years, are finally brought together for the first time! My replica ancient Egyptian lyre meets an authentic Kenyan Obokano:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obokano

In March 2019, I had the pleasure of meeting my fellow lyre plucking friend, Nick Vest - who somehow managed to lug this enormous Kenyan bass lyre all the way from LA to the UK - just to jam with me!!!

The other African lyre I am playing, separated in time from the contemporary Kenyan Obokano by about 3,500 years, is a replica of an actual, surviving ancient Egyptian lyre; miraculously preserved in Leiden:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/vy96rz745bnt4at/An-Egyptian-Lyre-in-Leiden.pdf?dl=0

My replica Egyptian lyre, was custom made by Luthieros:

https://en.luthieros.com/

The resulting totally spontaneous improvisation was quite literally, the most exotic, ethnic lyre duet to have emanated from my front room - a magical musical moment now forever preserved in this unique recording!

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