Various Artists
Don't Sleep: Omutibo From Rural Kenya
Mississippi Records
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2018
LP
22.99
MRP 112
Deluxe metallic spot-color jacket, with 8-page full color booklet
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Tracklist
1Jimmy Bongo - Lumumba is Dead 2:31
2Omari Machio - Usiende Ukulale (Don't Sleep)1:46
3Johnstone Mukabi - Nili Kwenda Safari (I Went for a Journey)3:17
4Zachariah Omufumbwa - Ndogo Ndogo (Small Ladies)5:18
5Fanuel Amimo with Zachariah Omufumbwa - Ndeshela Omwana (Leave the Child with Me)2:57
6Jimmy Bongo with KK - Mulochi (The Curser)3:44
7Fanuel Amimo with Zachariah Omufumbwa - Dickson Omuranda 4:12
8Johnstone Ouko Mukabi with Daniel Inzoya - Kwetu George 2:48
9Shem Tube and Family - Adui (Enemy)5:34
10Ndarula Ebutsetse (I Left Ebutsetse)5:09

"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.

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

Co-released by Raw Music International and Mississippi Records. LP version distributed by Mississippi Records.