Bénédicte Desrus

Documentary Photographer + Photojournalist
     
Madiaba Busaa Club
Location: Mérida, Mexico
Nationality: French
Biography: Bénédicte Desrus  is a French documentary photographer based in Mexico and working worldwide.  After 20 years of living abroad, she will return to her home country in June 2021, where she will be based in Marseille. She is... read on
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Madiaba Busaa Club
Credits: bénédicte desrus
Updated: 02/11/21
Location: Nairobi, Kenya

MADIABA BUSAA CLUB 



Busaa, a local Kenyan beer, is sold at hundreds of tiny bars throughout slums in the capital. At 80 cents, each large margarine tub of the murky brew - only recently legalised by the Kenyan government - is all the rage amid those looking for cheap comfort. Rapid urbanisation in East Africa’s cultural and business capital has spurred a surge in makeshift watering holes for the demand of the most traditional of brews.
 

Fermented in PVC vats - formerly homes to gallons of hydrochloric acid - the production of busaa - is something of an art. Sacks of maize meal raked over hot coals, combined with local yeast, cold water and patience: the process for this particular variety, proudly mastered by the Luya tribe, so they say.


Text by Nastasya Tay 

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