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REGGAE IN KENYA: ABBI TO LAUNCH REGGAE ALBUM “”YOUR OWN WAY!”

Abbi Nyinza

BY GRACE KERONGO—–

Afro fusion singer Abbi Nyinza has been away from the music industry for a very long time. He is back. He said his time away from music was because he had “been concentrating on production of other artists and myself. I was running the Indigo productions studio.”

He is planning to release his third studio album dubbed Your Own Way that has heavy reggae influences, on November 23 at the Alliance Francaise in Nairobi. Abbi says the album is a labour of love that took him three years to complete.

So why reggae? “I guess, I am not the only one who bumps into reggae day in day out. In the supermarket, on the radio, even on the streets, as the boda boda riders blast it around. It also dawns on me that reggae has been here a very long time as a familiar and loved sound by many people. In many ways, it’s not just about me playing what I want the people to hear.”

He continued: “It’s also about noticing what the people are listening to. I appreciate the riddim revolution going around at the moment. I love it, but I have chosen to go more roots reggae as my first reggae release.

At the same time, I feel easy telling my stories using the reggae beat.” Abbi is heavily influenced by Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, Beres Hammond, Alpha Blondie and UB 40.

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