Achieng Abura

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Achieng Abura is a musician from Kenya, who performs Afro-jazz, Afro-fusion and gospel music.

She debuted with a gospel album I Believe around 1990. Her following albums were Way Over Yonder and Sulwe. In 2002, when she had shifted to Afro-jazz, she released album Maisha.[1] Later she released album Spirit Of a Warrior. Her latest album, titled Dhahabu Yangu was released in 2007 by Blu Zebra label,[2] owned by Tedd Josiah.

She Voice of Crow from Tinga Tinga Tales.

Abura won Kora Award in 2004 for Best East African Female, the award was shared with Tsedenia Gebremarkos of Ethiopia.[3] She is an UNDP Goodwill ambassador.[4] She has toured abroad, for example Spain.[5]

She was part of the Divas of The Nile supergroup, that featured four Kenyan female musicians. The others were Suzzana Owiyo, Mercy Myra and Princess Jully. The group performed at the Festival Mundial in Tilburg, Netherlands in 2007.[6]

She acted as a principal of East African Project Fame in 2008.[7] She has campaigned for the Global Call to Action Against Poverty.[8] She is among the Kenyan artistes who have been sponsored by the Alliance Française in Nairobi.[9] Abura was nominated for the social responsibility category at the *2008 Kisima Music Awards[10]

She was born in Eldoret. She hold a MSc. degree in Philosophy and Environmental studies. She has one child.[7]

Kenyan musician Abbi was formerly Abura's backing vocalist before he became prominent solo artist.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daily Nation, Saturday Review, July 20, 2002: Chorus of hope as 8 Kenyans enter fete
  2. ^ Radio France Internationale
  3. ^ Cape Argus, December 13, 2004: SA musicians top of pops at Kora Awards
  4. ^ UNDP: "WE ARE THE DRUMS -Africa 2015 news"
  5. ^ a b Italian Cultural Institute in Nairobi Abbi & Kikwetu in concert
  6. ^ Sarakasi Trust: Annual Report 2007
  7. ^ a b Tusker Project Fame 2008
  8. ^ GCAP Africa June 17, 2005: Major advertising campaign launched in Kenya
  9. ^ Daily Nation, Weekend Magazine, October 30, 2008: A new Kenyan sound on the way
  10. ^ Kisima Awards: Nominees 2008

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