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Liron is a soul and jazz singer/songwriter. An artist, by birth and choice, who thrives on her ability to create. She brings out her love for colours, words and sound in all her work. Painter, poet and interior designer, she ﬁnds inspiration in life…the things she sees, hears and feels.
She began writing songs when she was 8 years old and like most singers she too performed at her local church. She names Aretha Franklin, Joss stone and Sam Cooke as singers who have inﬂuenced her style of music.
For her debut album, Liron teamed up with Michel Ongaro, a multi-instrumentalist and well renowned musician to be the executive music producer for the album, titled,’ Prodigal’s Diary’. He brought his vast musical experience to the project and
was able to capture the vision that Liron had for the 12 track project. With his vast skills in music and Liron’s adventurous spirit, the result is an album that has dared to experiment with fusions of different styles while maintaining a mature appeal and soul in the music.
The already released singles from this album have received positive feedback from music makers and lovers with her 2nd single “Lets Play Pretend” going further and being used as a soundtrack for a short ﬁlm and inspiring the title of the ﬁlm.
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
Sarabi band is one of the best live acts to watch in Nairobi and their lyrics are a reflection of some of the ills happening in society.
Performance by Eddie Grey
Olith Ratego is a singer who plays traditional music from the Luo community. He specializes in Dodo, a music genre from the lake region of Kenya, and recently has been experimenting with his own brand of Ohangla fused with electronic music and other conventional music instruments and arrangements.
Olith Ratego has one studio CD to his name titled Osuga, and is currently in the process of recording two CDs concurrently: Wuod Asere – an Ohangla and Electronic Music fusion which is a collaborative effort between Ketebul Music and Dj Yam Yam of No Nation from UK, and a yet to be tilted acoustic Nyatiti based music CD. Achieng’ Nya George from the upcoming Wuod Asere CD has already been released as a single on radio and has received considerable airplay on select radio stations. Wuod Asere is set for release early next year,
Olith has also collaborated extensively with German experimental musician and drummer Sven Kacirek since 2009. In November of 2012, Olith traveled to Dusseldorf Germany, where he collaborated with renowned choreographer Morgan Nardi, providing live music and vocals for Morgan’s dance pieces.
listen to Juddi