Welcome to - the website of writer and traveller, Jens Finke. Here you'll find an encyclopaedic multimedia website, the Traditional Music and Cultures of Kenya, which, although incomplete, already numbers over 500 pages, 235 images and 7 hours of full-length sound clips. Also online is a copy of Chasing the Lizard's Tail, describing a life-changing bicycle trip across the Sahara Desert, and selection of mostly abstract photographs at

Enjoy the site! Jens Finke, January 2013.

Traditional Music & Cultures of Kenya
Since the arrival of the Europeans in Kenya in the mid-nineteenth century, the traditional cultures of Kenya's tribes have been undergoing a period of massive - and often devastating - change. This website is a multimedia encyclopaedia dedicated to Kenya's people: twelve of a planned forty Kenyan tribes are currently covered in detail, each with extensive sections covering their history (both written and oral), society and customs, way of life, religion and cosmological beliefs, fables and legends, riddles and proverbs, and - of course - music and dance. The 500 pages of text (a fraction of the two thousand projected for mid-2004) are accompanied by over 230 photographs and six hours of music. Welcome to Kenya!

Chasing the Lizard's Tail
A complete digital copy of my first book, describing a trans-Saharan bicycle journey from Morocco to the Gambia, via the Western Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal.
A collection of fine photography, mostly abstract, from Africa, Europe and Brazil.

Unless otherwise stated, all contents on and are copyright © Jens Finke, 1999-2013