The Kaya CollectiveBand
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The Kaya Collective is an international group of Nairobi based musicians who play a fusion of afrofunk, soul, hip-hop, rock n roll and jazz. They combine, percussion, brass and vocals to create a truly unique experience. Taking influence across continents, Kaya Collective present a moving and exciting show that will engage you in moments of nostalgia one moment, whilst forcing you to move and dance in the next.
The band has a roster of completely original music that includes styles such as Somali Disco, Heavy Funk, Malian Blues and Soul in the Hole. Being born out of a culture of improvisation and ‘jamming’, much of ‘The Kaya Collective’s’ performance is improvised, providing a completely unique live experience. They emerged from an event produced by Kaya Kenya in March of 2015, where artists were invited to play in an afternoon of experimental jam. 20 musicians attended the session and some great music was created. As a result, a hard-core of the artists formed The Kaya Collective and were soon commissioned to perform a live funk set at the UP Live Off the Rails event, which was a huge success.
The band includes Ronjey on drums, who is a regular feature throughout the Nairobi cultural scene and whose strength of rhythm and dynamism, holds and drives the band together. Ronjey is accompanied on bass by Mbaluka; another familiar face to Thursday Night live. Mbaluka’s rolling bass lines are hard for any lady to resist moving too! On lead and rhythm guitars are the Lebanese duo of Charif and Fouad. Multi-instrumentalists and electronic geniuses, Charif and Fouad play a myriad of African melodies, disco and funk rhythms. No funk band is complete without horns; Dennis, Jackson and Joel time out of the Salvation Army and the National Youth Orchestra to funk up your life! Finally, on lead vocals is the creative director of Kaya Kenya, Matthew Swallow, who brought the band together and is seeking to develop The Kaya Collective into a full alternative orchestra.Read more Read less