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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #66: OWINY SIGOMA BAND

Kenya-UK collective Owiny Sigoma Band share a new Africa In Your earbuds mixtape showcasing their hypnotizing Luo-meets-London compositions.


Cover Artwork by Underdog.

Nairobi-London collective Owiny Sigoma Band is formed by a revolving cast of Western Kenyan musicians and UK artists who seek to explore the sonic relationship between Luo and London through hypnotizing grooves. Earlier this year we premiered their ferocious single "Changaa Attack," a highlight from their just-released new album Nyanza — a 12-track collection of songs recorded in percussionist Charles Owoko and nyatiti player Joseph Nyamungu‘s home of Nyanza Province.

For our latest installment of Africa In Your Earbuds, Owiny Sigoma Band offer up a large batch of their own unreleased material blended with the likes of 90s Ghanaian highlife-disco act Ata Kak. "This mix features several original and unreleased song sketches," the band explain. "The opening track is a re-edit from an old cassette we found in a dusty market in the Rift Valley - we added a tiny Casio keyboard drum whilst sitting on our veranda over looking Lake Victoria. Other tracks we found at the bazaar. Ata Kak... is just weird 90s ghanaian dance rap music... an odd ball. We also included some Owiny Sigoma demos including "Fisherman’s Camp Part 2" - a beat [keyboardist] Jesse Hackett made whilst suffering chronic dysentery."

Stream and download AIYE #66: Owiny Sigoma Band below and check out the mixtape's full tracklist underneath. Owiny Sigoma Band's Nyanza is available now through Gilles Peterson's label Brownswood Recordings.

Tracklist

1. Kararu Hits 1 - OSB Edit (unreleased - Kenya)

2. Yemmpa Aba - Ata Kak (Awesome Tapes - Ghana)

3. Kararu Hits 2 - OSB Edit (unreleased - Kenya)

4. Fishermans Camp Pt. 2 - OSB (unreleased - Kenya/UK)

5. The Grasshopper - Elmore Judd + Rowan Park (UK)

6. Track 2 - Charles Owoko (unreleased - Kenya)

7. Lucas Malore (Benny Hill edit) - OSB (unreleased - Kenya/UK)

8. Demo - Albert Sempeke + Jesse Hackett (unreleased - Uganda/UK)

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