Michael Levy & Nick Vest | Duelling African Lyres: The Ancient Egyptian Lyre and the Kenyan Obokano

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

by 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!
Genre: World: African Folk
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Michael Levy & Nick Vest
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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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