PURELY AFRICAN: LYDIAH DOLA SCALING THE HEIGHTS
Dola, is a composer, singer, guitarist, poet,and a social activist born
and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. She uses her voice and power for social
change- equality, justice,peace and freedom.
She is one of Kenya’s
upand coming afro-fusion female artists and the founder of African
Tunes of Peaceunder the umbrella, Peace Addicts. Together with Dan
“Chizzy” Aceda, now oneof Kenya’s best male afro-fusion artists, they
formed a duo and started writingand singing mainly Gospel music.
first attempt to sharethe unity that African music brings to the world
was in 2004 when she wasnominated as the most promising female in Africa
at the prestigious Kora allAfrica Music Awards held in Sandton City,
She has performed atvarious forums in Kenya and
across Africa and Asia, preaching the message ofpeace, love and unity.
The single song ‘A better World is Possible’, made agreat impact at the
India Social Forum in New Delhi, and at the World SocialForum in
She is a member of the Alliance Française
Spotlighton Kenyan music and one of the many artists who toured the
country in 2008 inthe peace and reconciliation concerts organised by the
Alliance francaise inNairobi. These concerts dubbed ‘weaponsof mass
reconciliation’were used to promote ‘unity in diversity’ bytaking
musicians and music from different regions to introduce them on
newterritory in an effort to create a better understanding and tolerance
of‘similarities in differences’. Over a period of six weeks, the
tourcrisscrossed the main urban centers of Nakuru, Eldoret, Nyeri, Meru,
Kisumu,Kakamega, Machakos and Mombasa on a mobile stage truck, with
concerts takingplace in open public grounds every weekend. The project
has left an indeliblemark on the musical scene in Kenya by reaching out
to diverse audiences acrossthe country in building bridges and respect
between culturally distinctcommunities.
Through CMFD, She
wasinvolved in the making and recording of the six-part serial drama,
Crossroads,which was recently awarded by Radio for Peace building Africa
in the AfricaAwards Special Category. She was one of the main
characters and developers ofthe drama’s theme song.
She was among
the20,000 women and men who marched in solidarity with women in the DR
Congo onOctober 17, 2010 to call for economic and social change,
demilitarization, andan end to rape being used as a weapon of war. Her
music was greatly appreciatedby the Congolese sisters as she sang and
danced to freedom.
This year she hasbeen involved in the pre-election peace and good governance music festivals.
of her songsand music have been used in short films and radio programs
for peace andhumanity by different organizations including Oxfam GB, Men
for Gender EqualityNow (MEGEN) and Legal resource foundation.
Thejourney continues as she carries on her duties throughout the world, sharing hervoice with the voiceless.