Duelling African Lyres - The Ancient Egyptian Lyre & Kenyan Obokano

by Michael Levy & Nick Vest



Duelling AFRICAN LYRES! My replica ancient Egyptian lyre meets an authentic Kenyan Obokano:


In March 2019, I had the pleasure of meeting my fellow lyre plucking friend, Nick Vest - who somehow managed to lug this enormous Kenyan bass lyre all the way from LA to the UK - just to jam with me!!!

The other African lyre I am playing, separated in time from the contemporary Kenyan Obokano by about 3,500 years, is a replica of an actual, surviving ancient Egyptian lyre; miraculously preserved in Leiden:

My replica Egyptian lyre, was custom made by Luthieros:


The resulting totally spontaneous improvisation was quite literally, the most exotic, ethnic lyre duet to have emanated from my front room - a magical musical moment now forever preserved in this unique recording!


released March 18, 2019

Special thanks to Nick Vest, who actually lugged this epic scaled, authentic Kenyan Obokano across the Atlantic to visit me in the UK, just to make this miraculous musical moment possible!


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Michael Levy UK

Michael Levy is a prolific composer for the recreated lyres of antiquity, whose musical mission is to create an entirely new musical genre, which could best be described as a 'New Ancestral Music' - dedicated to reintroducing the recreated lyres, ancient musical modes and intonations, back into the modern musical world.. ... more

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