Thursday, 10 January 2013
TURKANA BOY TO LAUNCH HIS DEBUT ALBUM
Jackson was born in the pastoralist community of Turkana who reside in the heart of the Great Rift Valley. Being the first born in a family of four, he was forced to drop out of school to fend for his siblings.
Being the family’s sole bread winner, things were difficult but his ambitions and dreams kept him going. Deep down he had a strong passion for music - inspired by his tribe’s rich culture of soulful traditional songs.
This came naturally for Ekori since his late father was a musician. His passion for music grew more and more and he has over the years matured his talent using his music as a tool to enlighten his people.
Ekori has successfully completed his first album entitled Akololog Habrikah, meaning ‘Son Of Africa’. His music, written in Turkana language, is rich in African rhythm and melody, and captivates both the listeners who do and those who don’t understand his dialect.
The songs are basically about spreading peace and reconciliation among his fellow nomadic tribesmen, describing the situation of continued violence among the Turkana, Pokot and Marille from Ethiopia.