Anyango's Biography

Anyango is the world's first female nyatiti player. The nyatiti is a traditional instrument of Luo tribe in Kenya. The harp-like instrument has traditionally been played only by men in the tribe. "Anyango" means "girl born in the morning" in Dholuo.

  • In 2005, she lived in the village of Luo, located in western Kenya, on her own to master the nyatiti. It was not easy to play the instrument, because it had never been played by a woman.
the STOP AIDS Concert
  • In 2007, she became so famous all over Kenya that she appeared on TV, in newspapers and on the radio many times. She played in front of fifty thousand people at the STOP AIDS Concert held in Kenya, hosted by the United Nations.
  • In May 2008, she performed in front of many African leaders in a ceremony for TICAD IV.
  • In July 2009, she was selected as "one of the 100 Most Respected Japanese People in the World" in "Newsweek Japan". In August, she published a book, "Yume wo Tsukamu Hosoku". The book was ranked first in the non-fiction section of "Amazon Japan". In September, she released her first solo album "Nyatiti Diva" and it was ranked first on Tower Record's World Music chart in Japan.
  • In May 2010, she released her second album "HORIZON". In addition, she was joined by other recording artists, such as the famous violinist Hakase Taro. In August, she appeared on a stage at the "Fuji Rock Festival", which is the largest outdoor music festival in Japan, and she was chosen as the best act in the world music genre.
  • In February 2011, she left for France to make a new album. Sally Nyolo, who was a member of Zap Mama, produced this Album and recorded with Anyango at four places in France and Cameroon. In July, she released her CD "Koe wo Kikasete" and published a book "Motto Toku e". The book was ranked firstin the music section of "Amazon Japan" . In September, she will release her third album "Teï molo".
  • In August 2012, she published a book, "Anyango no Shin-Yume wo Tsukamu
    Hosoku", witch was ranked first in the non-fiction section of "Amazon
    Japan". In July, she visited France and performed in Paris and
    Bordeaux. In October, she performed in Izumo-Taisha Grand Shrine, witch is one of the most ancient shrines in Japan.
  • In 2013, regular concert named "Anyango Promenade" was held in Japan.
    This event is also a memorial event of Kenya's 50th Independence
    Jubilee. In March, she appeared on a stage at "Mvet Art Festival" in
    France. In May her interview will be published in "Japan Journal", And
    that issue will put her on the cover. During her World Tour 2013, She performed in Italy, Germany, France and Kenya. In October, she will release a new album "ALEGO" in Japan.
  • She has acted a radio personality of NHK WORLD Swahili for 3 years.
    A documentary of Anyango "My African Music" broadcasted via NHK
    WORLD TV channel.


  • CD: Nyatiti Diva, September 20, 2009 (JOWI music)
  • CD: HORIZON, May 30, 2010 (JOWI music)
  • CD: Teï molo, September 25, 2011 (JOWI music)
  • CD: ALEGO, October 6, 2013 (JOWI music)
  • Book: Yume o Tsukamu Hosoku July 31, 2009 (Kadokawa Gakugei Shyuppan)
  • Book: Motto Toku e, July 28, 2011 (Gakugei Miraisha)
  • Book: Anyango no Shin Yume o Tsukamu Hosoku, August 1, 2012 (Gakugei Miraisha)
  • Book: Tsubasa wa Nyatiti, Butai wa Chikyu, December 12, 2013 (Gakugei Miraisha)

Refer to the following links

  • The Japan Times [1]
  • CNN Spot to ANYANGO [1]
  • FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL 2010[1][2][3]

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