Papillon has a plus that comes with his talent in craft and sound, he designs and creates his own African instruments.
Papillon is a Kenyan instrumentalist whose appreciation for traditional sound is unmatched, he draws his inspiration from the legendary traditional instrumentalist Ayub Ogada, whom he has had a chance to learn from.
Papillon born Martin Murimi has endured some of the toughest times while growing up; from street life to finding peace and salvation in the music sphere. The musician has a plus that comes with his talent in craft and sound, he designs and creates his own African instruments. He boasts of having an eye to redesign, combine and upgrade instruments to produce a hybrid kind of playable instrument, one of his creations is an 8-string lyre, which is played in one version or another in countries along the Nile River and set it inside a calabash resonator (similar to those found in the “Kora” of the Sahel) along with two “Kalimbas” (finger pianos) which are played throughout Africa. This ingenious invention allows him to play two different instruments at the same time.
Papillon who has been around for over a decade is associated with “Slum Drummers” formerly “Jua Kali Drummers” a Kenyan group consisting of young percussionists.
The award winning Kenyan artist, who has been known to work with versatile musicians is currently planning his first album, which is expected to predominantly feature instruments made by himself.
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