Author: Emmanuel Oyier


How to party in Kenya’s Rhumba capital, where ‘pesa otas’

Picture sitting under a tree shade on a hot Saturday afternoon, cold beer in hand listening to Papa Wemba’s Rail-on playing in the background as you scan Lake Victoria and the town’s architecture from a bird’s eye view. This is a typical weekend for a Kisumu resident at Suzanne Owiyo Art Center. As the sun works its way down further west, a few more souls will arrive with Herman Kardon, and JBL Bluetooth speakers to wind down the week at the Riat-based establishment which runs a mini bar and kitchen but allows drinks from outside at a modest corkage. Fifteen kilometers away, on the opposite…

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