As the United States is relatively a “new” country, compared to other country’s around the world, I find it interesting to discover how certain influences wove their way into our modern music genres. Joseph Odindo, an African music enthusiast, contributes African slaves as bringing Western civilizations genres such as Jazz, blues, salsa, and rumba!

Joseph Odindo notes that as Africans become prominent around the world–due to slavery–the music that they brought with them became recognized and interspersed into the already existing music traditions. We can hear this influence still today, and even see the instruments.

Moreover, in some regions, Joseph Odindo recognizes Caribbean and Latin American music genres such as rumba and salsa as being reminiscent of traditional African dance.


Joseph Odindo: Small town boy

December 18, 2008

Never underestimate the influence of dedicated family. Take Joseph Odindo, National Media Group’s Managing Editor, and his small town background.

Born in a small village in North West Ugenya in Kenya, Joseph Odindo was brought up to revere education and the power of knowledge. As a young boy, his father impressed upon him the important his studies and encouraged him to pursue his interests in journalism.

With the support of his family, Joseph Odindo did just that. Currently, Mr. Odindo is considered a primary influence in the NMG and manages the the largest stable of newspaper in East and Central Africa.