3. Dodo is said to have always co-existed with beer-drinking among the Luo. The drinking is associated with funeral ceremonies, death-anniversary festivities, and pleasurable activities. Dodo singing accompanies, involves, social commentary, gift giving, and other forms of appreciation of a group or audience. Except for brief moments at some funeral ceremonies, the genre rarely surfaces in public places today. Secondary school choirs sing dodo at musical festivals. In the early 1980s, Obudo's group effectively disbanded as the government of Kenya drastically reduced the number of local and unregulated beer halls.

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