Miguel Merino

Bloomington, IN

Otaak Band plays an exciting style of music using an ancient East-African lyre, the masankop, as its principal instrument. Drawing on the musical influences of its two leading members, Miguel Merino from the United States, and Ahmed Said Abuamna from the Beja community of Eastern Sudan, Otaak Band is taking this little-known instrument into uncharted territory. In addition to concerts, the band conducts workshops and presentations on Beja culture and language, and building and playing the...

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