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Luo

 

a people of Kenya, living primarily along the shores of Lake Victoria. The Luo are closely related to the Gaya (Giranga) and Dama. Population, 1.4 million (1967 estimate). The Luo language belongs to the Nilotic group. Most Luo have preserved their traditional beliefs, although some are Muslims and Christians. In some regions the Luo live together with the Bantu Luhya, with whose material and spiritual culture they have much in common. Their chief occupation is farming (corn, millet, sorghum), but many migrate seasonally to cities in search of work.

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He's a member of the Luo people, using their traditional lyre, the nyatiti, to perform while singing and shaking his ankle-bracelet bells.
Her stories--which have appeared in European and African journals such as Black Orpheus and Transition and in a collection, Land Without Thunder (1968)--give an inside view of traditional life and society among the Luo people and of the conflict of traditional with colonial and modern cultures.