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Performances by: Thierry De Oliviera & the Afro Project Band
This Thursday TNL features Mr. Bado playing a mixture of Mwanzele, Taarab and Chakacha all music styles and rhythms from Kenya’s Coast. He replaces the previously scheduled artist Ms. Nina Ogot who cancelled her appearance.
Mr. Bado’s profile
Hailing from the coastal town of Watamu in Malindi, Mr Bado was born Mohamed Said. Although he started singing in 1994 while studying in Mombasa, he had been exposed to music his whole life. Mr Bado comes from a musical family that has been singing and performing Mijikenda dance and music for generations. He is the son of the legendary mwanzele singer and composer, Mzee Nyere wa Konde.
Listening to Mr Bado, one can’t help but notice the unique coastal harmonies and melodies that have clearly influenced his voice and style of singing. Growing up, he was inspired by his father’s Mwanzele style as well as by Mzee Maulid Juma’s Taarab, and Mzee Bhalo’s Chakacha.
Mr Bado is also an accomplished music producer in his own right, and he runs his own studio in Watamu called Bado Records, where he records his own music as well as support and help aspiring artists from Watamu. His songs, ‘Shemeji’ and ‘Susumila’ were mega hits in the coast region, earning him a performance slot at Safaricom Live in 2010. He is currently working closely with Ketebul Music. Mr Bado also finds time to perform at cultural events with his father and brothers. They were featured extensively in Ketebul Music’s Singing Wells project, where Mr Bado and Mzee Nyerere wa Konde were also featured in a collaboration with Benga fusion artist Winyo.
Catch a glimpse and listen of Mr. Bado
Every music culture has its story of success and endurance. In Kenya, Them Mushrooms has outlived many groups without losing their focus as a creative and performing band. Five brothers Teddy Kalanda Harrison, Billy Sarro Harrison, George Zirro Harrison, John Katana Harrison, and Dennis Kalume Harrison initially founded the group in 1972. To date, Them Mushrooms is one of Kenya’s most successful bands in a well-rounded sense. Their thumbprints are evident in every discipline that constitutes the music business in Kenya. They have also helped launch and re-launch recording careers for other local artistes.
The death in 1992 of youngest brother Dennis Kalume Harrison, then band drummer, was devastating. The band temporarily broke up, but pressure from the late (mother) Mrs. Mandi Harrison and fans brought them band together again. Band leader and founder Teddy Kalanda Harrison retired on April 2nd, 2001. The remaining brothers have recruited other musicians to complete the band’s line up.
When talking about Them Mushrooms – Kenya’s and East Africa’s popular music group – their hit song Jambo Bwana comes to mind unbidden. The 1980 composition was for years, the band’s most distinctive legacy. Besides its simple and catchy lyrics, its beats and rhythm appeal as if mystically to fans globally. But in a new quest to return to their roots, Them Mushrooms has now created ‘NZELE’ music, which essentially borrows its rhythmic beats from Mwanzele, a traditional beat from Kenya’s’ coast.
The band has 12 albums to their credit and numerous singles released including Platinum selling “Jambo Bwana” (over 200,000 units sold).
This is the first appearance by them mushrooms on TNL and this should be a worthwhile event to attend especially if you like coastal music