Just A Band: From Nairobi to SXSW 2012

 

SXSW announced their band lineup for their 2012 edition and there are two Kenyan bands announced!

 

Just A Band have been getting attention outside Kenya with their sound and music videos. Their video ‘Ha-He‘ from their second album ’82’ went viral helping to get them international attention. They recently were in New York to exhibit their video-art project Just A Band From Nairovi to New York (http://vimeo NULL.com/30808404)

 

 

In their Okayafrica interview (http://www NULL.okayafrica NULL.com/2011/10/18/okayafrica-tv-just-a-band-from-nairobi-to-new-york/), hey make the interesting point about how everyone has an expectation of what music from Africa should sound like. Not to take away the importance and beauty of the traditional sounds from places like Kenya but there is a natural evolution as each new generation, influenced by its past and by its peers, produces its own sound, its own voice, its own identity.

 

They are also a prime example of the increasingly common ‘Do-It -Yourself’ approach for indie musicians. Their creative expression translates well into video with their art installation and through their viral hit ‘Ha-He (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=_mG1vIeETHc)‘.

 

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Enjoy and I will follow up with another post soon on the second Kenyan band announced for SXSW 2012!

 

Kenya

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Kenya Kondo

 

A quick introduction!

 

My name is Kenya and I am an Edmonton based musician and have just recently released my debut alternative pop-rock album ‘Wait (http://www NULL.kenyakondo NULL.com)‘.

 

I also love to closely follow developments in the world of technology and socio-economic development.

 

I run on occasion.

 

And, I am still trying to decide what I should write about on a regular basis…hmmm

 

As I work on what to write and post, I will leave you with the track ‘Moses’ from my debut album ‘Wait’:

 

 

 

Kenya is a singer, songwriter and composer based in Edmonton, Canada. His music spans pop-rock, blues and acoustic ballads to instrumental compositions for film and TV.

 

Kenya’s music has been described as ‘British duo Butler/McAlmont meets Tracy Chapman’. His band’s tight playing coupled with his powerful voice and catchy melodies enthrall audiences. When taking a break from music, Kenya is into running. When running gets too hard, he usually comes back to music.

 

As a solo artist, he explored the world of the lone singer-songwriter before forming his first band ‘Leap of Faith’. He formed his second band ‘Kitchen’s Passport’ adding a more prominent stage presence and fuller sound to his solo act. Playing alongside an ensemble of eclectic musicians, he covered the worlds of pop-rock, blues and folk-rock. Joining a second collaborative effort ‘The Hidden Gemz’ allowed him to explore more diverse styles of music honing his abilities as a songwriter.

 

Kenya returns to his roots as a singer-songwriter with his debut album ‘WAIT’.