Kenyan Traditions – First Born Child

CultureALL Ambassador Josie Shaw demonstrates how children are celebrated in her culture through the ceremony for the First Born Child.

Workshop Description

CultureALL Ambassador Josie Shaw was raised in the small Kenyan town of Kapsabet. In the Luhya culture of Western Kenya, when a couple has their first child, there is a special song that they sing to celebrate the birth. As the first born child – whether it is a boy or girl – goes through life milestones, this special song is again sung to honor this child and the current celebration in his/her life.

In this workshop, Josie will perform the the song (titled MWANA WA MBERI  – First Born Child). A student is chosen to represent “the first born child” and is dressed in native garments – he/she is seated in a place of honor and then becomes the center of the traditional song and dance. The rest of the students are incorporated into the traditional ceremonial dance to honor the milestones of the “first born child”. Q and A time is always welcomed.

Workshop Details:

Ambassador Josie Shaw
Region/Culture East Africa - Kenya
Subject(s) Social Studies, Music Dance
Participants 25 max
Standard Length 45 min