Thursday, 19 July 2012

Owiny Sigoma Band - 'Wires'

World Music Corner

Owiny Sigoma Band - 'Wires' (2011)

I've decided I'm not going to mention the weather or the whereabouts of a British Summer anymore. Lord knows I've harangued long enough about it to the point of exhaustion.....rain, you utter bastard!!

Mixing traditional Kenyan Lou style music with other African and western influences, The Owiny Sigoma Band's mellow, bass heavy grooves and Afro beat drumming, have definitely kept me afloat and smiling over the last few weeks, especially the Soukouss flavoured 'Wires'. 

The Owiny Sigoma Band started off when a group of London musicians went to Kenya for a musical exchange, promoting local bands and Hip Hop Artists, before finally meeting Nyaiti (traditional Kenyan string instrument) musician Joseph Nyamungu. Along with Joseph and other local musicians they recorded a series of demos which caught the ear of Gilles Peterson who subsequently signed them up to his Brownswood Recordings label and commissioned the band to produce this album. Damon Albarn's organ skills feature on a few of the tracks too, in for me, was a thoroughly enjoyable album, it's well the time.r />

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Owiny Sigoma Band - 'Wires'
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19 July 2012 at 11:31

Very enjoyable track got that unmistakable African sounding guitar, along with lots lots more going on