Owiny Sigoma Band are scheduled to debut “Nyanza” on September 11. “Nyanza is Owiny Sigoma Band’s third feature length album.
‘Nyanza’, is loosely arranged as a narrative following their trip to ‘Luo Land’. From the first track,‘(Nairobi) Too Hot’, which tells a tale of running to the hills and escaping the hectic city life, to the hypnotic Nyatiti sounds of ‘Owour Won Gembe’ and the rapturous ‘Changaa Attack’, the album follows the band’s experiences as they head up the country to Kisumu and Nyanza Province. The albums centerpiece ‘Nyanza Night’ tells the story of the night they played a show for Joseph and Charles’ village for the first time, followed a 12 hour Nyatiti sound clash – Drummer Tom Skinner recalls “This went on for hours, really heavy music and a lot of Changaa (Changaa – also called ‘Kill Me Quick’ is a homebrew rumoured to contain jet fuel and battery acid). This was one of the most magical nights that I’ve ever had. In the middle of nowhere, in the outback of Kenya, under the stars. I don’t think I’ve ever really felt so far away from my normal life.”
‘Nyanza’ is a truly unique record, a faultless melting pot of disparate sounds, one that reflects the ambience and energy of the environments in which it was made. Arresting electronic grooves fit side by side with soft Lou singing and traditional Nyatiti music to create yet another pivotal moment in the turning cogs of this intoxicating, often surprising, soundclash.
Here is a short behind the scenes film on the making of “Nyanza”.