Owiny Sigoma Soundsystem

united-kingdom / kenya

DJ set from the continent-crossing collective

Six years ago, a delightful outfit called the Owiny Sigoma Band took to the Big Red Tent at Charlton Park and blew everyone away with their sweet, sweet music. A terrific, two-way collaboration between UK and Kenyan musicians, this London-Nairobi alliance had at that stage already caught the attention of one Gilles Peterson. A man who can sniff musical quality from a hundred paces, Gilles swiftly signed them to his Brownswood label. Half a dozen years later, Owiny Sigoma return to our corner of Wiltshire – albeit for a different reason and to a different stage. This weekend finds the collective in DJ mode, spinning the platters that matter. Expect to be floored by the kind of golden sounds from the mother continent that not only inspired the band to form in the first place, but that they’ve uncovered over the intervening years. Heavenly stuff.

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