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Kenya : Discover the country's culture


Mama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya by M Chamberlin, R Chamberlin and J Cairns (2006)
It's Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistleblower by M Wrong (2010)
Kenya: A Country in the Making 1880 - 1940 by N Pavitt (2008)
Just Another Mzungu Passing Through by J Bowen (2008)


Kenya, Lonely Planet Country Guide, by M Firestone (2009)
The Rough Guide to Kenya by R Trillo (2010)
Traveller's Guide - Wildlife of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda by D Hosking and M Withers (2007)


Music is an important part of Kenyan life. Percussion is common to all ethnic traditional music and rhythm and dance are essential. Music of the lakes is called "benga" and music of the coast is rooted in Swahili culture. Contemporary music is an excellent hybrid of these two cultures. Each region has its personal style and dances accompany the musical performances.

Kenya : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

600 BC: Nacheo, the last Egyptian Pharoah sends a marine expedition to the Kenyan coast
1498: Vasco da Gama stopps at Malindi after several unfruitful attempts on the south shore (where the Arab tribes, who settled long ago, chased him away)
1720: Arabs chase away the Portuguese from Kenya after the siege of Fort Jesus in Mombasa
1824: British protectorate
1922: The first scrambles for independence. Among the Kikuyu, there was Johnston Kamau who, as Jomo Kenyatta, soon became the main artisan of independence
1952: Kenyatta is sentenced to seven year imprisonment. Mau Mau revolt
1963: Kenya becomes an independent republic and member of the Commonwealth
1978: Death of Kenyatta. The Vice-President Arap Moi takes over
1992: The first free elections (700 dead), inter-ethnic conflicts in the Rift Valley (2,000 dead).
1997: Arap Moi is re-elected
2002: Election of President Mwai Kibaki

Kenya : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events


1 January: New Year's Day
April: Easter
1 May: Labour Day
1 June: Feast of Madaraka/Feast of Responsability (birth of the autocratic regime)
10 October: President Moi's Day
20 October: Kenyatta's Day
12 December: National Independence Day
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: Boxing Day/Family Day

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