One of the most original and standout releases of 2011 comes from the 7-piece London based band Owiny Sigoma Band's, who have just recently released their debut full-length album on Gilles Peterson's label Brownswood Recordings. This project came together when Jess Hackett aka Elmore Judd, who is also the live keyboardists in the Gorillaz, traveled to Nairobi in Kenya and hooked up with Joseph Nyamungu, a traditional nyatiti player, and Charles Owoko, a heavy-backbeat percussionist. The group came together and produced a demo that eventually made it's way to Peterson, and the rest is history. The band's debut record combines traditional African music with funky dancefloor rhythms, that has an overall original feel. Peterson calls the album "a phat, wayward dance record with African leanings (that feels) completely right." Definitely one of the year's best releases. Enjoy!
Owiny Sigoma Band - Margaret Okudo - Dub