One question people in the music industry in Germany tend to ask: "What is the music like / what kind of instruments do you have in Kenya?"
There is still a major gap of the instruments heard in recorded music and what is used for performance.
It is quite a challenge to effectively to mic and reinforce the sound of some of these instruments such as traditional lyre pictured above known as the Obakano.
In general, it is beyond the ability of most producers to record a live percussion ensemble or Obakano instrument because they may not own more than one microphone and are working in a very cramped space. In the live performance setting things get even more difficult because of the issues with effectively capturing the acoustic response of these instruments and also effectively isolating the signal from other amplified signals and signal feedback coming from the mix.
The challenge is to bring these traditional instruments into modern performance settings because it is not enough to simply capture part of the response. The signal has to be augmented in some manner or the full acoustic response captured or emulated.
-UPDATE- June 2016
Grand Master Masese (pictured) is a well known Obakano player. He came to the Realm of Mist studio with his band Ritongo Afrika for an experimental session.
The studio engineers were able to apply several adaptive configurations thanks to the kind support of Cordial and their 20 meter SNOW cables. The Obakano was mic'd using a variation of the Beyerdynamic MC 930 (which can be stereo paired), the MC 950 and also the low diagphram D 70d in order to catch the subharmonics and bass notes that the instrument produces.