Kasiva Mutua

OneBeat 2013 Fellow

Composer, Percussionist

Nairobi, Kenya

Jackline Kasiva Mutua (Kasiva) is an internationally touring drummer and percussionist based in a Nairobi, Kenya. Her exuberant performances reflect a panoply of influences, including afrobeat, zouk, samba, reggae and soul. Describing her beginnings as a young drummer, Kasiva says: “I grew up a curious child. I listened carefully to every sound; bird calls, cricket chirps, cowbells and traditional drums are embedded in my mind and now I chant them in my sleep. Most evenings my sister and I would recline by the fire and listen to stories narrated by our grandmother. She would sit with a drum between her legs and teach us the traditional mechanism of our people: the language of the drums. Perpetuating our people’s heritage, she introduced me to drums and shakers, celebrating our community’s spirit and also imparting moral guidance.”

In 2020, Kasiva received a OneBeat Accelerator grant for her project ‘Collaboration Through Giving’, a giving program and series of musical collaborations and conversations aimed at uniting women in music. This giving process will be accompanied by virtual live music sessions and discussions with female musicians in Kenya.