Britain is Kenya – and Kenya is Britain. At least when listening to Owiny Sigoma Band, you might get that impression, almost thinking that globalisation has reached its final stage and succeeded in breaking down borders and nationalities. Almost.
This spring, Owiny Sigoma band released their second studio Album, Power Punch, after a recording session in a North London studio. This reflects the unique convergence of cultures that signifies this outfit: Whereas two out of six members are born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, the remaining have their roots in the UK capital.
Joseph and Charles, the two Kenyan members, have brought traditional East African components like nyatiti and luo to the composition, adding flavor to the complex and efficient songwriting and production. The result Is a filling and utterly charming musical experience that easily helps explain why Damon Albarn was eager to produce the band’s self-titled debut and Swiss DJ Gilles Peterson signed them to his label Brownstone Records.
If you move in the terrain of bands like Atoms for Peace or Yeasayer, Owiny Sigoma Band would lead you a few good steps further in your quest to discover the musical delights of the African continent.
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Text: Kim von Klev