OLV004: George Mukabi: Furaha Wenye Gita LP + digital
OLV005: Usiende Ukalale (Don't Sleep): Omutibo From Rural Kenya LP + digital
We are pleased two announce the release of two long term projects, in collaboration with Raw Music International and Mississippi Records. These albums are dedicated to the Omutibo acoustic guitar style, created by George Mukabi who hailed from the Luhya speaking Kisa Region of western Kenya. Furaha Wenye Gita is a collection of songs by George Mukabi, from the late 1950s up until the year of his death in 1963, and an extensive oral history by his family and peers, and lyrics in Swahili and English. We are attempting to preserve a full discography of Mukabi, and the digital version features 25 of his original songs, as well as a tribute by Peter Akwabi, and a cover by his son, Johnstone Ouko Mukabi. More information and the full album can be found here and on our Bandcamp page.
Usiende Ukalale (Don't Sleep): Omutibo From Rural Kenya is a compilation of modern recordings of Omutibo guitarists, recorded by Cyrus Moussavi of Raw Music International in Kenya in 2016. Documenting the origins and evolution of the style, from George Mukabi to the new generation, and recorded on location in homes and yards along the River Yala, this is an album of revival and preservation. Featuring recordings of, and interviews with, Fanuel Amimo, Shem Tube, Jimmy Bongo, Johnstone Ouko Mukabi, Zachariah Omufumbwa, Sukuma Bin Ongaro, Omari Machio and Johanias Kiunya, as well as full lyrics in Luhya and English, and photographs by Cyrus Moussavi. More information and the full album can be found here and on our Bandcamp page.