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The Reason Why Abaluhya Sing and Dance in a Funeral

Music is present at every hour of the day or night, it has always had a functional role to underline important events such as religious ceremonies, political events, festivals or sporting events.

Luo ethnic group play music during funerals to pay tribute to the missing person and also to console the bereaved relatives or to keep people awake at night so to celebrate the ritual of waking, during which they demonstrate their anguish and suffering caused by the loss pain.

Music plays an important role during certain rituals that diviners and medicine men implement to drive away evil spirits, to invoke the rain, to heal the sick and during divination.

The Luo use numerous musical instruments, from percussions with drums and rattles to strings instruments similar to the harp and the violin, to wind instruments made from the horns of cattle.

Together with the music even singing and dancing have a major significance.

The dance is usually elegant and graceful, the Luo use traditional costumes and ornaments that are designed to improve and make more evident the movements rather than to beautify the wearer.

Today, the Luo music is influenced by Western instruments, especially the guitar both acoustic and electric that is used by the Luo musical groups.

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