Release Date: 05 February 2016
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|Owiny Sigoma Band Self Titled Limited Vinyl 2LP Set
In 2009 a close-knit collective of London-based musicians - Jesse Hackett (keys), Louis Hackett (bass), Sam Lewis (guitar), Chris Morphitis (bouzouki/guitar) and Tom Skinner (drums) - first arrived in Nairobi. They were brought to Kenya's capital to collaborate with local musicians as part of a project established by an organisation called Art of Protest which aims to promote local Kenyan musicians and rappers.
Art of Protest introduced the London faction to two esteemed Luo musicians. The first was Joseph Nyamungu, a phenomenal player/teacher of the nyatiti (an 8-string lyre) whose scope of knowledge of the traditional music of the Luo tribe is unparalleled. The second was Charles Owoko, a specialist in the nyiduonge drums foundational to traditional Luo rhythms. The sessions with Joseph and Charles were the basis for an exciting Nairobi-meets-London sound clash, resulting in this self-titled debut album which was the vital first chapter that opened the door to the the porous kind of cultural exchange just as audible on the two albums they’ve released since, Power Punch in 2012 and this year’s Nyanza.
With Nyanza set for inclusion in many end of year lists this felt like a great time to revisit the band’s debut!
A1. Gone Thum Mana Gi Nyadhi, A2. Odera Lwar, B1. Wires, B2. Margaret Okudo (Dub), B3. Hera, C1. Doyoi Nyajo Nam, C2. Owegi Owando (Solo), C3. Nabed Nade Ei Piny Ka (Rework), D1. Here On The Line, D2. Rapar Nyanza