After a European Festival Tour, Yunasi is back, this time round with Rhoda – an Afro-Techno hit .
Yunasi, a Kenyan based group of 7 artists is known for its signature Style, SESUBE, which they invented in 2004. It combines sega, isukuti and benga. It takes sounds and inspirations from local Kenyan communities, cultural styles and languages and fuses those sounds with a European component.
The group which started out in Nairobi at the Alliance Francaise has gone on to win various international awards with the latest being In December 2007 when Yunasi travelled to London’s famous Maida Vale studios and were voted ‘overwhelming’ winners of the BBC ‘Next Big Thing’ competition over 2000 acts from 88 countries by a panel of top music industry judges including Talvin Singh, William Orbit, Nile Rodgers and Tahita Bulmer.
They later went on the play at the 75th Anniversary of the BBC World Service at IndigO2 at the O2 Dome (formerly, The Millenium Dome).
I would say, its been a while since they last played in Nairobi and I look forward to their next local performance.