Les Wanyika, the legendary band that dominated the East African music scene in the 1970s and 1980s, has been experiencing a resurgence in their career since their comeback last year.
Despite being inactive for over 24 years, their return made headlines, attracting many fans who lined up to watch them perform.
The band’s comeback has led to a series of state functions, high-end bookings, and television appearances. They have become a significant force in the Kenyan music scene, and just a few weeks ago, Blankets and Wine announced that the band would lead an all-Kenyan lineup in their next edition, scheduled for April 2.
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Moreover, the band has confirmed that they will perform this Sunday, March 11, at Pots and Palms, which has become the Rhumba capital of Nairobi. Formerly known as ibury Lounge, the club plays Rhumba from Monday to Monday, indicating the growing popularity of this classic sound in the entertainment scene.
Les Wanyika band leader Sijali Zuwa acknowledges the rebirth of Rhumba even before their comeback. However, the band’s return has returned the genre to center stage. The band’s aim 44 years ago, when they formed, was to counteract the dominance of Congolese Rhumba in Kenya, and they continue to champion that course.
Les Wanyika’s comeback has undoubtedly brought renewed interest in the Rhumba sound, and it’s exciting to see how the band continues to influence the Kenyan music scene today.
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