Kenge Kenge

Kenge Kenge, a nine-piece traditional African music ensemble from Kenya, is on its first North American tour this summer, and will play Sonoma County along the way.

The group, whose name means “fusion of small, exhilarating instruments,” will perform 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at the Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door.  For information on the show, call (707) 843-9236.  For advance ticket sales go to http://www.seb.org/ or call (707) 823-1511.

An African dinner, accessible by a different entrance, will be served at 7 p.m.

The event is produced by the United Africa Club, founded by drummer Okili Nguebari. A native of the former French colony of Congo-Brazzaville, Nguebari has been in this country since 1981, and has become a well-known Sonoma County figure over the past two decades.

“The purpose of the organization is to promote African music in Sonoma County,”  Nguebari said. “Reggae, blues and jazz all have a lot of venues, but we don’t have enough promoters for African music.”