ARTIST NAME | Sarabi
Photography by © metta metta ART
Sarabi Live! (2015)
Venue: Alliance Francaise Nairobi
SARABI | LINKS
BAND MEMBERS | Sarabi
Adam Mwadama | FACEBOOK |
Antony Kimangu | FACEBOOK |
Bernard Oduor Kidum | FACEBOOK |
Christabel Were (Bella) | FACEBOOK |
Haron Waceke | FACEBOOK |
John Maluni Nyamai | FACEBOOK |
Peter Mbau | FACEBOOK |
Nelson Mandela | FACEBOOK |
ABOUT | Sarabi
SARABI is an 8-member band from the ghettos of Eastlands, Nairobi, Kenya, who started playing music at the young age of 8 – 10 years old. In 2015 the band is celebrating the 10th anniversary, since they had their first performance in 2005 playing with Mutinda – then as the band “Sauti Za Kwetu”.
What began as a curtain-raiser for Eric Wainaina, Mutinda and Yunasi has taken SARABI on a journey to become one of the most popular live bands in East Africa, headlining festivals such as Africa Oyé Festival in Liverpool, UK, at Northern Europe’s largest festival, Roskilde Festival in Denmark, Sauti Za Busara Festival in Zanzibar, Salem Festival in Addis Ethiopia, Bayimba International Festival in Kampala, Uganda, and the Doadoa Cultural Market in Uganda.
In October 2015 SARABI will be performing in Hungary at the annual World Music Expo (WOMEX) – the most influential forum for the industry and artists within World Music.
Furthermore, SARABI has participated and performed at social forums such as the 2006 UN Habitat World Urban Forum in Vancouver Canada, the annual ‘Barn er Bra‘ Children Festival in Norway, and at UN headquarters in Geneva Switzerland during the World Day against Child Labor.
SARABI’s music centers on social justice and is a blend of traditional East African rhythms, Benga, Afro Beat, Rumba, reggae married with common pop cultures.
SARABI released their first album in 2013 entitled Oyaore (Luo for a New Beginning) recorded in Norway. They are currently recording their next album at CULTURE CONNECT Elephant Studios in Nairobi.
“Sarabi” is the Kiswahili word for mirage, and also means, imagination, vision and creation.