26 Sep 2010
Sterns Release - Swinging Swahili Rumba
Release date: 8th March 2010
Issa Juma & Super Wanyika Stars
"World Defeats The Grandfathers - Swinging Swahili Rumba 1982-1986"
For nearly thirty years, the "Wanyika" bands dominated Nairobi’s nightclubs and recording industry. Their music was propelled by light percussion and made sweet with a delicate interplay between rhythm and solo guitars. The sound was sparse, but a rich bass filled the gaps and on top were catchy melodies sung in a Swahili that could be easily understood across East Africa.
This was the defining sound of Kenyan Swahili rumba in the late 70s and early 80s, and Issa Juma was a pivotal figure in both creating and giving it new directions. His powerful baritone voice was indisputably the best of the Wanyika clan and, constantly experimenting, his style could change with each producer and session.
Carefully re-mastered, full-length recordings that include bona fide hits alongside rare, never-before-released tracks, this album is a long-overdue homage to a brilliant vocalist and band-leader, an innovative and accomplished musician who today is sadly missed.