Concert-wise, things are getting pretty stimulating and try as I might, I cannot fail to share in the enthusiasm shared by so many for the upcoming show by Chronixx!
Having previously found myself able to appreciate the form and vocal fry of Here Comes Trouble, Likes, Skankin’ Sweet and Loneliness, my impassiveness towards conscious reggae and lovers rock was wonderfully sublimated. Moreover, there is much to admire in the way Chronixx blends and sets up his styles.
As it marks its 37th edition since its founding in 1982, Fête de la Musique, aka World Music Day, has seen a fundamental transformation that not only celebrates music but that also offers great opportunities to thousands of music creators, professionals and fans world over.
After a wonderful 2017 edition, Kenya is again set to mark Fête de la Musique on Thursday 21st June at Alliance Française de Nairobi. Headlining this year’s event is Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC), a Soweto-based band whose music draws from indigenous funk and high-energy performances.
“We see ourselves as modern freedom fighters who have to tell the story of Soweto’s past, present and future to the world.” – Jovi Nkosi, singer
According to their official bandcamp site, Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness was started around the year 2004 with a permissive but functional musical form that draws from the trance culture. In their afro-psychedelic style dubbed Africangungungu, the salient integrants of BCUC’s sound are founded on the oral and vocal traditions of chants, songs and shared rhythms that are carried by traditional whistles, horns, drums and, presently, an electric bass guitar.
On a global scale, music is increasingly incorporating the multiplicity of cultures and their various forms of expressions. Locally, much is changing about music with many new, and some established, artists creating remarkable pieces based on the scores of fans’ experiences. Two such artists are local boy band The CBK Music and Swahili Dub Queen Binti Afrika who will also be featured in the program line-up.
Date: Thursday, June 21; Venue: Alliance Française de Nairobi;