Billie Odidi

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Nairobi, Kenya

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Billie has worked for:
English to Africa Service, Voice of America CBC News Network

Billie Odidi

“Bill Odidi is a print and broadcast journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya with interests in News, Current Affairs, Sports, Art and Culture. He works with the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) in Nairobi. 
He also writes on music and the arts for the Business Daily and Daily Nation newspapers in Nairobi and  contributes articles for various websites including and
Bill is also a board member of Music In Africa Foundation a web portal dedicated to the music sector in Africa and Ketebul Music, an independent music and documentary production outfit based in Nairobi.
Among his documentary projects with Ketebul Music are "Retracing Kenya's Funky Hits" (2012) and "Retracing Kenya's Songs of Protest" (2014) where he worked as a researcher and writer. He co-wrote a chapter for the book "Preserving Popular Music Heritage: Do-It-Yourself Do-It-Together" edited by Sarah Baker (Routledge 2015)
He has reported on stories from around East Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa, the U.K, Netherlands, the U.S, Jamaica, China, and other parts of the world. He has contributed radio programs for the BBC World Service and Radio France International (R.F.I)
 In 2006, Bill was the winner of the Radio for Peace building, Africa (RPFA) “Radio Talk show for Peace building” Award


English Swahili

This article explains how hundreds of recordings of Kenyan music from the 1950s are being repatriated back to the villages where the recordings were first done by English musicologist Hugh Tracey.


This is a piece I wrote after visiting Cameroon and meeting the country's top musicians to hear about the challenges they face


This is a piece I wrote on the evolution of benga as Kenya's most influential genre of music.

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