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Them Mushrooms will be performing an exclusive Karamel gig in McQueens Theatre to celebrate 50 years!
When talking about Them Mushrooms, Kenya’s and East Africa’s popular music group, their hit song Jambo Bwana comes to mind unbidden. The 1980 composition was for years, the band’s most distinctive legacy. Besides its simple and catchy lyrics, its beats and rhythm appeal as if mystically to fans globally.
In a new quest to return to their roots, Them Mushrooms has now created ‘NZELE’ music, which essentially borrows its rhythmic beats from Mwanzele, a traditional beat from Kenya’s coast. Nzele’s most distinct facet is the ‘Call’ and ‘Answer’ style. This involves the lead singer, who lyrically “calls” out and backing vocals “answer” in a chorus response.
The instrumental accompaniment revolves around the bass guitar, drums, percussion, keyboards, flute, horns (sax/trumpet) and what the band refers to as a “stinging” guitar strum. Them Mushrooms’ Nzele beat is unique owing to its indigenous influence, which is artistically creative and innovative.
The new Nzele style compositions reflect a whole new dimension for the group’s musical identity. The direction the band has now adopted ushers in a new chapter for a group that maintains a tradition of recording ‘evergreen’ and somewhat timeless productions with uncanny consistency. And like their slogan aptly proclaims, Them Mushrooms Is indeed is the heartbeat of Kenya’s showbiz scene.
Doors open 7pm, music from 8pm. £15 tickets available on the door.
Location: McQueens Theatre, 4 Coburg Road, London N22 6UJ.
A fresh air ventilation system is installed through the restaurant, long lounge and theatre.
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