As events marking the inauguration of Barack Obama as the American President continue worldwide, Kenyan Genge musician Jua Cali and coast-based Video Jockey (VJ) Delph are set to leave the country next week for a show in Cologne, Germany.
Speaking to Lifestyle on Thursday, Jua Cali said he felt honoured to have been invited to perform alongside other artistes.
“With the celebration mood still going Kenyan and other communities living in Germany have invited me and VJ Delph to a special party there, “ he said.
The Cologne show is set for February 6 at the Opernterrassen Bruderstrasse Club in Cologne. Others to perform during the Obama Germany bash include DJs Toxic, Manila and Clip.
The show has been organised by Visual Jay Entertainment Kenya and Heinz Josef Becker Germany.
For VJ Delph, based at the Club Lambada in Mtwapa, this will be his second performance tour to Germany within a month.
Jamhuri Day show
In December last year he was in Frankfurt, where he performed during a Jamhuri Day show alongside Ohangla sensation Tonny Nyadundo and TV comedian Inspector Mwala.
In October 2007 VJ Delph performed alongside Jua Cali and Nyota Ndogo during the Kenyatta and Moi Day Celebrations in Cologne.
Two months later, he toured Germany with musician Nameless, and veteran comedians Mama Kayayi and Mzee Ojwang. “I played my live video mix for the first time in Europe during the December 2007 tour and it was really exciting,” VJ Delph said.
After Cologne VJ Delph is set to head for Stockholm, Sweden where he has a show lined up on February 14 (Valentine’s Day). He returns to Germany for a carnival party on February 21 in Frankfurt.
Prior to moving to Club Lambada he worked for six years at the Mamba Disco from 1997.
Jua Cali hopes to popularise in Germany tracks from his latest album Ngele ya Ngenge launched on New Year’s eve. Later next month Jua Cali is set to leave for San Diego in the U.S. where he is set to perform during the IRB Sevens World Series on February 14.
This will be his second time to perform at the same rugby event after a successful joint show last year in February with DJ Adrian and Amani. Riding on the success of his earlier songs like Kiasi, Ruka and Unaniroga, Jua Cali appears set to go places this year.
Batamba joins converts class
A year or so ago , he was among the musicians in the front line during live performances at popular entertainment spots in Nairobi. That was until Ajigo Lopez Batamba switched from secular to gospel music.
Ajigo, a cousin to the late legendary Moreno Batamba of Orch Moja One, says his decision came after a lot of soul searching, and was not motivated by commercial gain.
“I got inspired to switch to gospel music after listening to various church sermons,” he said. His new eight-track album titled Nipe Nguvu Bwana (Give me Strength Lord) features tracks like Abomination, Kanisa ya Leo and Imani ni Silaha. In recording Ajigo was backed up others like singer Janet Ngosso, guitarist John Monga and keyboard player J.C Ngazu.
“My ambition now is to continue singing for the Lord.” Ajigo now joins the class of Kenya-based Congolese musicians who have over the years switched from secular to gospel.
Veteran Bwammy wa Lumona who was the former leader of the Orch Les Mangelepa band switched to gospel after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986. To date Bwammy is still strong in gospel music and he is also a preacher.
Bibi Ley Kabakaba was the band leader of the Malembe Stars band until his conversion. Prior to forming his group Malembe Stars (Bana Motind) he was a member of the Les Kinios band that was led by the US-based Samba Mapangala in the 1970s.
Ajigo’s secular albums include Wacha Tamaa and Moreno Non-Stop. In the latter album he recorded a remix of his late brother’s popular songs like Pili Msawhili and Dunia Duara among others.
It was Moreno who first inspired him to music back in 1992. Later Ajigo joined Orch Super Mazembe alongside the late Longwa Didos, Dodoris and the late Atia Jo. Other groups Ajigo performed with were Losaka La Musica, Bana Roasters and Orch Vundumuna.
Joe Mopero is back with a bang
After keeping a low profile on the music scene, Joe Mopero Kariuki of the Heri Nyumbani hit song is back with weekend performances at the Wida Highway Motel on the Kabete- Limuru Road.
Backed by his group Orch Zambezi International, Kariuki who is fluent in Lingala, says he is out to popularise both local and foreign songs. The group performs at the hotel every week from Friday to Sunday.