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CD: Owiny Sigoma Band - Owiny Sigoma Band | reviews, news & interviews

CD: Owiny Sigoma Band - Owiny Sigoma Band

CD: Owiny Sigoma Band - Owiny Sigoma Band

The most natural African/UK fusion album in a long time

Four London musicians join some Nairobi hip-hop artists, and don’t mess it up

When Western musicians add their bit to traditional African music it can be disastrous: a programmed beat awkwardly forcing sinuous, sensual music to conform to its rigidity, or some dreadful rock vocalist doing a Bono all over some exquisite interplay of mbira and talking drums. But here we have a London collective working with a bunch of musicians from Nairobi, and refreshingly their presence doesn’t for one moment seem unnatural or intrusive.

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