Owiny Sigoma Band prepare to drop ‘Harpoon Land’ and head off on tour with Atoms For Peace
June 13, 2013
Poised to begin a European tour with Atoms For Peace [check the dates in full], after Thom Yorke handpicked them for the coveted support slot, the Owiny Sigoma Band [Oh-wee-nee Sig-oh-mah] prepare to release ‘Harpoon Land’ – the finest example to date of their ability to compose instinctive and instantaneous pop songs whilst neatly sidestepping the pitfalls of this perilous pursuit. Founded on a gentle drum machine loop and augmented by the rattle of the kit and the slap of Kenyan nyiduonge drums, lilting guitar licks and wistful harmonies. ‘Harpoon Land’ was inspired by the band’s complex musical relationship. The remixes come from within the Owiny family… via drummer Tom Skinner aka Hello Skinny and Jesse Hackett (Blludd Relations / Elmore Judd). One part bumpy techno, one part funereal slo-mo folk…
By way of a warm-up for the tour, the band are playing at Rough Trade East in London on Thursday 4th July. More details over HERE.
Owiny Sigoma Band unleashed their sophomore album ‘Power Punch’ on 8th April 2013 via Brownswood Recordings. Spinning on its London>Nairobi axis, the MOBO-nominated group continue to redefine universal, artistic and cultural exchange blending traditional Kenya nyatiti and Luo music with Western songwriting and production techniques. ‘Power Punch’, as its title suggests, is a confident, radiant, album packed with stirring, sometimes downright frisky jams.
“Ingenious” **** The Observer
“You won’t have heard anything like that before.” **** The Independent
“Cuts across genres with winning flair” **** Q Magazine
“Impressively original” **** The Guardian
“One of 2013′s best albums” 9/10 – DJ Mag
“Owiny Sigoma Band have stolen the electronic Afro-roots crown… Truly outstanding” Songlines