By Iminza Keboge
Published March 17, 2018
Abaki Simba, a collective of musicians, vocalists, percussionists, MCs, acrobats and dancers, are set to release a six-track Extended Play (EP) recording on March 26, 2018.
The EP, titled Kazi (work), runs the gamut of Hip Hop, Reggae, Afro-folk and Cinematic Percussion. Four of the tracks are performed in Maa (the language of the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania), Dholuo (the language of the Luo of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda), Sheng (the language of Nairobi youth) and English (Kenya’s official language).
Kazi, the EP, was written by Abaki Simba and recorded at Ada Creative Studios of Nairobi with the help of producers Dylan S, Dreadsteppa, Eric K, Jinku and Fuzzkill.
Ada Creative Studios, who recorded the EP, say they hope to distribute it beyond the borders of Kenya, as it features remixes of the popular Abaki Simba tracks Kazi and Pendo (love) as well as favourites Ahangla and Rise Up.
The EP, Ada Creative Studios say, will be available on soundcloud.com, bandcamp.com and adacreativestudio.com/.
Meanwhile, Clarach, a video of the first track from Welsh Catrin Finch and Senegalese Seckou Keita’s new album, Soar, which releases on April 27, 2018, is out.
The eight-minute long world music video features Finch on the Welsh harp and Keita on the Senegalese kora.It is released on bendigedig, a label owned and managed by Theatr Mwldan and ARC Music Productions International Ltd of the United Kingdom.