Owiny Sigoma Band: Afro Grooves and Psychedelic Album Art

I discovered Owiny Sigoma Band thanks to Radio 6, while in the studio this week. Hearing Luo piqued my interest and then, upon discovering that the song was called “Deep Kisumu Fish” (listen), I had to look these guys up.

When I did, I was mesmerised by the fluorescent, psychedelic album cover art. Totally matches the description of the music on Bandcamp: “a collection of gloriously hypnotic Afro grooves symbolic of the true culture clash between the Luo and London”.

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Week in review: back in business

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I hope you've all had a wonderful week. 

It's now just over a week since I returned to the UK from a fantastic trip home to Kenya. Though of course I'm already homesick, the positive vibes just keep on mounting. The sun has been shining continuously (which is really saying something, here in the UK) and I've just returned from one of the most enjoyable weddings I've ever attended – the bride being one of my oldest friends. Her and her groom's love of dancing influenced the theme of the event and as a result, two days later, my legs are still aching!

Let the good energy continue for us all. 

Here's a recap of posts from last week:

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Thanks as always for taking the time to read and to share comments, facebook appreciation and tweet love. Remember, you can also get blog updates as well as extra links, ideas, news and info via facebook (afriloveblog) and twitter (@afrilove).

Have a great week everybody, be proud and be inspired!

Lulu x

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Sierra Leone Independence Day: album art from musician Ahmadu Jarr/Jah and a polite cameo from Idris Elba

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Sierra Leone also celebrates their Independence Day today and it's the big 5-0! I learned an interesting fact on this occasion – Sierra Leone is Portuguese for "lion mountains."

To celebrate the day, here is some album art from Sierra Leone's son, musician Ahmadu Jarr/Jah. A founding member of the group EGBA, he later left to focus on creating traditional African music, creating The Highlife Orchestra. Another bit of trivia: Jarr is singer Neneh Cherry's father as well as father to singer Titiyo Jah. Jarr's mother was apparently a great singer too – it clearly runs in the family!

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January installment of African album art: Putumayo

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This month, there's a theme to the selection of album covers: Putumayo! Putumayo World Music is a label that was established to introduce people to the music from cultures around the world. The company's motto? "Guaranteed to make you feel good". Indeed, that's exactly what the vibrant album covers, illustrated by Nicola Heindl, do.

Above are just a few covers from the extensive Putumayo catalogue. Left to right, top to bottom: Cape Verde, North African Groove, African Reggae, Mali, Congo to Cuba and South African Legends