A collection of gloriously hypnotic Afro grooves symbolic of the true culture clash between the Luo and London.
Spinning on its London>Nairobi axis, the group continue to redefine universal, artistic and cultural exchange blending traditional Kenya nyatiti and Luo music with Western songwriting and production techniques. Their name is spreading far and wide after having recently supported Thom York’s Atoms for Peace on tour.
The new album Power Punch, as its title suggests, is a confident, radiant, album packed with stirring, sometimes downright frisky jams.
Power Punch sees the Owiny Sigoma Band reverse the original dynamic as the Kenyan contingent (Joseph and Charles) departed Nairobi for recording sessions in North London. This environmental change is naturally reflected in the music and whilst Power Punch retains the stealthy, hypnotic groove of its predecessor, there is a greater intensity, weight and depth to the music: East African folkloric tales melding with London’s musical sundry.
Owiny Sigoma Band released their eponymously titled debut album in 2011, to critical acclaim. It was the top 40 best selling world music albums in Germany that year, playlisted on 6 Music, spot played on Radio 1, Radio 2 plus international stations like KCRW in LA and Radio Nova in France. They have played live shows all over Europe including key festivals like WOMAD, Dour (Belgium) Worldwide (France), Silgo Jazz (Ireland), Roskilde (Denmark) and performed on the highly regarded Boiler Room internet radio show. The band also scored a “Best African Act” nomination at the 2011 MOBO Awards.
with support from Fofoulah.
On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.
Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.