Ulimi Bushi - Ndio Sasa, shamisen percussion group from Kenya


#1

We did a video a while back, thought some people might be interested.

I am not the greatest shamisen player… but it’s fun!


#2

So, I really enjoy this piece Pete! Did you learn it by yourself or by a teacher?


#3

Thanks! We wrote it, stealing bits and pieces from here and there.


#4

What were the inspiration pieces?


#5

Only the intro, really. Honestly, i don’t know what the piece is. I saw it on a random shamisen youtube video and took it from there. the rest is just the standard ringo bushi scale with a lowered 6th like somali oud music (i think, I’m sort of musically illiterate).


#6

That was great! I enjoy the sound and how enthusiasm of everyone playing.


#7

Yeah


#8

But just curious, is ulimi what?


#9

Ulimi is beef tongue (牛タン). We often eat beef tongue following practices in the slum. In Nairobi, beef tongue is incredibly cheap and delicious.


#10

I’m not really sure… I never eat that dish


#11

Well, you should!


#12

I love this! Great sounds!


#13

Very nice. It’s very exotic and dance-able. It sounds like it’d be like a chase scene from an African action movie. What kind of Shamisen is it?


#14

Thanks!

It is a bargain bin beginner’s nagauta.