By Carolyne Nyanga
The mere mention of the name Siaya evokes memories of music icons within the lakeside region.
No wonder the late Rumba cum Benga maestro the late Musa Juma Mumbo bandleader cum founder of Limpopo International sang in honour of the place in his popular track Siaya Kababa that launched his career besides catapulting him to fame as one of the most sort after artistes locally and abroad.
Sadly, despite Siaya’s popularity in all aspects in particular music- no one has ever come up with the idea of making an event in its honour.
And for the first time a special event in celebrating the success of Siaya county will take place this Saturday September 29 at Deep West Club and Resort- Nairobi West Kogo Plaza.
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The much - anticipated event will feature various top artistes from Siaya – the main one being High riding Rumba maestro and bandleader Johnny Junior and his BV band. Others include Super Limpopo (formerly Limpopo International) led by Musa Juma’s younger sister – also a musician – Milly Fedha Mumbo. And Ohangla’s unsung hero Ogola Nyundo famed for songs like Tito Soldier, Athagora Mojonya among others.
The exclusive premium show will see fans eat from the palms of musical trio and their band members.
With gate charges pegged at Sh500, fans will be treated to a blend of Rumba music, Traditional Luo music, African tempos and a tinge of Benga. If you love great music them make at date with the trio. They are sure to get you on your feet dancing along to their rich sound. The event begins at 5 pm until dawn. There will be lots of traditional Luo delicacies to sample from.
“This is one event you cannot miss. I want fans to ‘eat’ our music besides dancing to the latest tunes and dancing styles. This is one event you cannot afford to miss since it is one of a kind. It aimed at celebrating the success of Siaya region that has shunned over the years,” says Johnny Junior.
Some of the top artistes who have emerged from the region include the late Okatch Biggie, Musa Juma, Omondi Tony, Otieno Aloka, Johnny Junior, Dola Kabarry, Aluoch Jamaranda, Odhiambo Tusker, Osito Kalle, Ouma Basement just to name a few.
Siaya District is situated in Nyanza province in Kenya. It is one of the twelve districts that make up Nyanza Province in the southwest part of Kenya. It is bordered by Busia District to the North, Vihiga and Butere/Mumias Districts to the North-East, Bondo District to the South, and Kisumu District to the South-East.