Various – Don’t Sleep: Omutibo From Rural Kenya on Mississippi Records

Various – Don’t Sleep: Omutibo From Rural Kenya


  • £22.99


"Omutibo", a uniquely Kenyan style of acoustic guitar music, was invented by George Mukabi in the late 1950s, and quickly adapted by his neighbors in a region that proved truly fertile for guitarists.

In 2016, Cyrus Moussavi (Raw Music International) set out along the banks of the River Yala to document the songs of the old days. Recorded on location in homes and yards, these are the songs and stories of a golden era Kenya on the brink of Independence, beautifully resurrected by the songwriters themselves, over 50 years later. Featuring performances by, and interviews of: Johnstone Ouko Mukabi, Shem Tube, Fanuel Amimo, Jimmy Bongo, Sukuma Bin Ongaro, Peter Akwabi, Zachariah Omufumbwa, Omari Machio, and Johanias Kiunya


  1. Jimmy Bongo - Lumumba Is Dead
  2. Omari Machio - Usiende Ukalale
  3. Johnstone Ouko Mukabi - Nili Kwenda Safari
  4. Zachariah Omufumbwa - Ndogo Ndogo
  5. Fanuel Amimo - Dickson Omuranda
  6. Jimmy Bongo - Mulochi
  7. Fanuel Amimo - Dickson Omuranda
  8. Johnstone Ouka Mukabi - Kwetu George
  9. Shem Tupe - Adui
  10. Zachariah Omufumbwa - Ndarule Ebutsetse


LP comes packaged in a deluxe metallic spot-color jacket, with an 8-page full colour booklet featuring interviews, photographs, and lyrics in English and Luhya.


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